Different forms of dating

Antiquities and potteries of Roman origin were found in association with the finds of Indian origin.With the aid of these dated imports it was possible to date the associated Indian objects to the first two centuries A. Similarly NBP and PGW has helped in fixing the chronology of numerous sites. Sometimes dates are also obtained with the assistance of astronomy.The deposit thus occurring forms layers depending on the nature of the material brought in by the people inhabiting the area.

Astronomical data have been applied in the study of geological ice ages by calculating the curves for major fluctuation of solar radiation.

Consequently, the chronology worked out for the geological deposits helped in dating the prehistoric tools found in these deposits. There are certain antiquities and potteries which by themselves have acquired a dating value.

Even when the absolute dates are available, we have to supplement the information with relative dating.

The various methods of relative dating are; This method depends on the common observation that the height of the habitational area increases as the people continue to live at the same place.

This dating method is also known as Archaeological Dating or Historical Chronology. These methods were relied on especially prior to the introduction of scientific methods of dating.

But, even when the scientific methods of absolute dating are available, this method of dating has not lost its importance, as many a time we have to depend solely on relative dating.

Whenever and where ever such antiquities are found, associated finds are automatically dated.

For example Mauryan terracottas, Roman amphorae, Harappan pottery, NBP , PGW,etc.

Charred bones are better preserved and are therefore relatively more reliable.

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