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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 29. What is absolute or relative about dating?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27878


Dating is essential to the study of the past. Without knowing when things happened, archaeologists cannot properly interpret human-kind’s development from the past to the present. Fortunately, a number of archaeological and scientific methods have been developed to facilitate dating archaeological finds. These methods can be divided into two general categories: relative dating and absolute dating.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jill Katz ( - jkatz) 'Yeshiva University'