Time dating techniques
When museums and collectors purchase archaeological items for their collections they enter an expensive and potentially deceptive commercial fine arts arena.
The potential flaws in relative dating in archaeology are obvious.
I have a gold ring which I believe is ancient but also important! The way it's constructed, the way the internal sides of the rings gold are melted with faults that look like bits of silver And the slightly differing colours, the hand carved gem and its,inscription!
give the time of an event with reference to another event that is not worldwide in scale.
There are a number of techniques that have come to archaeology through the nuclear research efforts during WW2.
Radiocarbon dating uses the biological assumption that all living things absorb carbon, both ordinary carbon, C12, and radioactive carbon, C14, into their living tissue.