Types of chronometric dating methods
I am hoping someone could provide a couple of examples of Chronometric Vs relative dating technologies so I can grasp this further..
Say you find 3 pots buried in the soil, one at 3 feet, one at 6 and one at 9.
Although, organic materials as old as 100,000 years potentially can be dated with AMS, dates older than 60,000 years are still rare.
Paleoanthropologists and archaeologists must always be aware of possible radiocarbon sample contamination that could result in inaccurate dates.
You can't tell the actual age of the pots, but you can put them on a timeline relative to each other. Now say you uncover an old cooking hearth full of charcoal.
Over the second half-life, of the atoms remaining decay, which leaves of the original quantity, and so on.
In other words, the change in numbers of atoms follows a geometric scale as illustrated by the graph below.other carbon isotopes in the same ratio as exists in the atmosphere.
The utility of other chronometric methods is also reviewed.
Appendices include lists of several thousand radiocarbon and obsidian hydration dates.