Relative dating in archaeology presumes the age of an artefact in relation and by comparison, to other objects found in its vicinity.Limits to relative dating are that it cannot provide an accurate year or a specific date of use.This also works with stone tools which are found abundantly at different sites and across long periods of time.Stratigraphic dating is based on the principle of depositional superposition of layers of sediments called strata.This approach helps to order events chronologically but it does not provide the absolute age of an object expressed in years.Relative dating includes different techniques, but the most commonly used are soil stratigraphy analysis and typology.
Relative dating by biostratigraphy is the preferred method in paleontology, and is in some respects more accurate (Stanley, 167–69).
Archaeology dating techniques can assure buyers that their item is not a fake by providing scientific reassurance of the artefact's likely age.
Archaeological scientists have two primary ways of telling the age of artefacts and the sites from which they came: relative dating and absolute dating.
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