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11.13.09 - Friday 1 This Time a Various methods for getting...

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Friday, November 13, 2009 1) This Time a) Various methods for getting a date in archaeology 2) Ways to tell time a) BP: Before Present b) calBP: Calibrated years BP c) BC: before Christ (2000 years ago) d) AD: Anno domino e) BCE: Before the Common Era f) CE: In the Common Era g) MYA: Million years ago h) KYA: Thousands of years ago 3) Dating Archaeological Phenomena a) Time is invisible b) The archaeological record is a contemporary phenomenon c) There are two ways in which archaeologists measure time 4) Relative Time a) Measured on an ordinal scale b) We can talk about greater than or less than, but not how much c) In relative time we know in the historical sequence ABC, B comes after A but before C; however we do not know how much calendric time passed between the events d) Two main methods: stratigraphy and seriation 5) Absolute Time a) Time is measured on an interval scale b) We can talk in terms of how much greater than and less than c) In the sequence ABC, we would know B came after A in five years and before C in ten years 6) Absolute Dating Methods a) Dendrodcronology: tree ring dating b) Radiocarbon dating: carbon-14 c) Potassium-Argon dating: can get older dates than radiocarbon
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This note was uploaded on 05/24/2010 for the course ANT 3 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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