Although radiocarbon dating is usually applied to organic remains, recent work shows that it can also reveal the age of some inorganic building materials?
sa Ringbom, John Hale, Jan Heinemeier, Lynne Lancaster, Alf Lindroos Even more than digging implements, archaeologists need tools for finding the age of the objects they study.
Until this century, relative dating was the only technique for identifying the age of a truly ancient object.
By examining the object's relation to layers of deposits in the area, and by comparing the object to others found at the site, archaeologists can estimate when the object arrived at the site.
Love-hungry teenagers and archaeologists agree: dating is hard.
But while the difficulties of single life may be intractable, the challenge of determining the age of prehistoric artifacts and fossils is greatly aided by measuring certain radioactive isotopes.