Archaeological scientific dating techniques


Archaeology is an important field of anthropology, which is the broad study of human culture and biology.Archaeologists concentrate their studies on past societies and changes in those societies over extremely long periods of time.

For more information on stratigraphy and how it is used in archaeology, see the Stratigraphy glossary entry.

Archeology is the scientific study of past human culture and behavior, from the origins of humans to the present.

Archaeology studies past human behavior through the examination of material remains of previous human societies.

The half-life of C is approximately 5730 years, which is too short for this method to be used to date material millions of years old.

The isotope of Potassium-40, which has a half-life of 1.25 Billion years, can be used for such long measurements.

Archaeologists use many different techniques to determine the age of a particular artifact, site, or part of a site.

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