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Measuring the Passage of Time: Achievements and Challenges in Archaeological Dating

A. M. Pollard

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199271016.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Measuring the Passage of Time: Achievements and Challenges in Archaeological Dating

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This article examines achievements and challenges in archaeological dating. It explains that archaeological dating has made huge strides since the ‘archaeological atomic bomb’ was detonated in the late 1940s when the range of techniques multiplied, the range of materials which can be dated increased, and the time depth was extended back to well beyond the origin of the hominid line. It suggests that archaeology benefits greatly from efforts to address issues and problems concerning dating technologies because dating is central to a wide range of other disciplines within the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Keywords: archaeological dating; hominid line; archaeology; dating technologies; earth sciences; environmental sciences; geographical sciences

Article.  10164 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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