Dating methods in historical archaeology differ little from the methods of archaeology in general.Both absolute and relative dating approaches are employed.
This also works with stone tools which are found abundantly at different sites and across long periods of time.
“This technique stands to revolutionize radiocarbon dating,” said Marvin Rowe, Ph. “It expands the possibility for analyzing extensive museum collections that have previously been off limits because of their rarity or intrinsic value and the destructive nature of the current method of radiocarbon dating.
In theory, it could even be used to date the Shroud of Turin.” Rowe explained that the new method is a form of radiocarbon dating, the archaeologist’s standard tool to estimate the age of an object by measuring its content of naturally-occurring radioactive carbon.
But, for a single culture site the method is quite reliable.
Relative dating methods allow one to determine if an object is earlier than, later than, or contemporary with some other object.