32402fAbsoluteDatingConcepts

32402fAbsoluteDatingConcepts - Introduction to Archaeology...

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Introduction to Archaeology - Anthro 324, F 2002 / Owen What you should know about absolute dating Generally how the major absolute dating methods that we discussed work ω dendrochronology ω radiocarbon ω potassium-argon ω obsidian hydration ω thermoluminescence What materials each can be used on, and specifically what event they date. For the first three, roughly what periods of time they are useful for dating. Very roughly how accurate and precise each is, especially compared to each other What the error term in a date means (the numbers 68% and 95% should come to mind). Generally how the uncertainty in dates affects what you can and cannot infer from them The general idea of calibration of radiocarbon dates. The general idea of some other issues in radiocarbon dating ω isotopic fractionation and 13 C measurements ω marine vs. terrestrial samples ω regional atmospheric reservoir corrections ω the "old wood problem" The importance of ensuring a good association between a date and an event of interest
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