Rock dating techniques


05-Dec-2016 02:05

He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition.

He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

However, human beings love to see factual precision, and we want to know how old something is.

Please remember that all dating methods, even those termed "absolute," are subject to margins of error. That is a very small amount of possible error range. Modern studies almost always use two or more methods to confirm dating work and to build confidence in the results obtained.

Some of the topics in the volume cover different dating methods such as the minimum dating by archaeological excavation, radio- carbon analyses of mineral accretions or their inclusions , radiocarbon analyses of paint residues inclusion, geomorphological method , minimum or maximum ages derived from biological accretions , lichenometry, clorimetry of patina, radiocarbon analyses of charcoal and beeswax figures, and any other methods of ‘direct’ dating of rock art.

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A few examples of such lies are presented at the very bottom of this page.

For each dating or chronological method there is a link in the box at right to take you to that section of this page.