Relative dating methods in anthropology


It was the case of an 18th-century sloop whose excavation was led in South Carolina (United States) in 1992.Thus, from the oldest to the youngest, all archaeological sites are likely to be dated by an appropriate method.

In the past, relative dating methods often were the only ones available to paleoanthropologists.

As a result, it was difficult to chronologically compare fossils from different parts of the world.

In addition, because of its particular relation with past human presence or past human activity, archaeology uses almost all the dating methods that it shares with the other sciences, but with some particular variations, like the following: Seriation is a relative dating method (see, above, the list of relative dating methods).

An example of a practical application of seriation, is the comparison of the known style of artefacts such as stone tools or pottery.

Historians, for example, know that Shakespeare's play Henry V was not written before 1587 because Shakespeare's primary source for writing his play was the second edition of Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, not published until 1587.