Dating Techniques

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This website, part of the Department of Anthropology's E-Museum at Minnesota State University, describes more than 20 relative and absolute age dating techniques used by archaeologists. Users may manipulate an interactive seriation program to demonstrate how to date sites by occurrence of artifacts.

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Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Time/Earth HistoryKeywords: paleolimnology, catio ratio dating, cultural affiliation, fluorine dating, obsidian hydration, patination, pollen analysis, rate of accumulation, seriation, varve analysis, archaeomagnetism, astronomical dating, dendrochronology, tree rings, electron spin resonance, fission track dating, optically stimulated luminescence, oxidizable carbon ratio, potassium-argon dating, racemization, radiocarbon dating, Carbon-14 dating, thermoluminescence dating, uranium-thorium dating