Dating Is The Best Husband A Woman

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Dating Methods “An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.” A. Christie Archaeological dating methods can be divided in two categories, relative and absolute dating. Relative dating in archaeology presumes the age of an artefact in relation and by comparison, to other objects found around it. Limits for relative dating are that it cannot provide an accurate year or a specific date of use, it is a more subjective approach. A more precise and accurate archaeology dating system is known as absolute dating and can in most circumstances provide a calendar year to an object . Absolute dating is in my opinion the way to go because it allows for a more precise and more scientific answers. Within the absolute dating techniques, Carbon 14 seems to be the golden standard as Renfrew and Bahn state: “Radiocarbon is the single most useful method of dating for the archaeologist, even though it has some limitations.” Important to note is that, the relatively short half-life of carbon-14, 5,730 years, makes the reliability only up to about 75,000 years. As the case study of the royal tomb of Solokha revealed, it is not a perfect method, but currently, it is as close as it gets. First, radiocarbon looks at the subatomic particles that constantly bombard the earth and produce high-energy neutrons. When the neutrons collide with the nitrogen atoms present in the earth 's atmosphere, they produce atoms of Carbon 14. These atoms
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