Historical records

  • 1) However, when archaeologists want know the absolute date of a site, they can often go beyond simple stratigraphy.
  • 2) Historical records, coins, and other date-bearing objects can help - if they exist. But even prehistoric sites contain records - written in nature's hand.
  • 3) For example, tree ring, Dendrochronology (literally, ―tree time‖) dates wooden artefacts by matching their ring patterns to known records, which, in some areas of the world, span several thousand years.
  • 4) The series of strata in an archaeological dig enables an excavator to date recovered objects relatively, if not absolutely.
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