Chronology and Dating Part 1 The Perception of Time vs the Experience of Time
Relative: Age specified relative to something else, in unspecified or unknown units
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We cannot say: X is 100 years old X is 500 years older than Y We may be able to say
For Any Dating Technique you need to know
How does the clock relate to the archaeological phenomenon you wish to date
: Age specified
relative to something else
unspecified or unknown units
: Age specified in terms of established units of known and regular interval (such as calendar years)
We can say:
X is older/younger than Y
We cannot say:
X is 100
X is 500
years older than Y
be able to say:
is contemporary with Y
we cannot specify precisely
We can say:
X is older/younger than Y.
X is 100 years old.
X and Y were both used in 1492.
We may have to attach a +/- value to reflect relative precision of the date.
For Any Dating
Technique you need to know
What Makes the Clock Run?
What is the source of change that is being measured and what interval is represented by a single ‘tick’?
What Starts (or resets) the Clock?
How does the clock relate to the archaeological phenomenon you wish to date?
Makes the Clock Run
(and what is the interval)
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