The geological approach to dating archaeological sites

American Antiquity



Abasic Question that must be answered for any archaeological site is, how old is it? Although some archaeological sites can be dated on the basis of archaeological correlations alone and although dendrochronological (Giddings, 1952, pp. 105-110) and radiocarbon methods give absolute ages for other sites, many sites can be dated only by methods based on the geologists' knowledge of geographic and climatic changes during the last few tens of thousands of years. The dates of these changes are established in part by radiocarbon and related methods. Study of archaeological sites accurately dated by radiocarbon methods will amplify the geologists' understanding of late Quaternary events. The well known techniques of dendrochronological and radiocarbon dating need no discussion. The interrelations of methods that depend ultimately on our knowledge of Quaternary climatic and geographic changes are not always well understood, however, by archaeologists. The present paper is intended to clarify some of these interrelations.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The geological approach to dating archaeological sites
Series title American Antiquity
DOI 10.2307/276719
Volume 20
Issue 1
Year Published 1954
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Description 11 p.
First page 51
Last page 61
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