Dating techniques in archaeology wiki
His first interest was in coins and hieroglyphic seals, and it was the latter which drew his attention to Crete.
He began excavations at Knossos in 1899 at his own expense, and in the next 35 years laid bare not only this with Egypt allowed him to put dates to his sequence, making it a vitally important link in the dating of prehistoric Europe before the discovery of radiocarbon.
Other methods include: coin dating, seriation, and amino-acid racemization.
The methods have varying applications, accuracy, range, and cost.
Though he was unable to decipher the Minoans' three written scripts, his detailed study of them gave the necessary basis for later work, culminating in the reading of in 1952.
He was largely responsible for demonstrating the existence of a pre-Mycenaean Aegean civilization, for naming it Minoan (after the legendary King Minos of Crete), and for revealing most of its characteristics.
Pottery and flint tools associated in a closed context would be grounds for linking them into an assemblage, possibly making the full of a group available.
He was the son of SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: index fossil concept; index species CATEGORY: artifact; technique DEFINITION: A fossil with widespread geographical range but which is restricted in time to a brief existence.