Archaeologists dating methods

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Fossils can also show us how major crises, such as mass extinctions, happened, and how life recovered after them.

Older dates may change by a few million years up and down, but younger dates are stable.

For example, it has been known since the 1960s that the famous Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, the line marking the end of the dinosaurs, was 65 million years old.

A brief review of the history of archaeological dating is then presented, followed by a description and appraisal of the different dating techniques used in archaeology.

As someone who has studied radioactivity in detail, I have always been a bit amused by the assertion that radioactive dating is a precise way to determine the age of an object.

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