Outline Introduction Radiometric Dating Luminescence DatingAmino acid racemization of parchment datingDendrochronology datingLead-210 DatingConclusionWorks Cited IntroductionDating is critical in determining the age of an object, archeologist or scientists rely on two basic types of dating to determine the age of an object or document: absolute dating and relative dating. In absolute dating technique, it will try to establish how many years ago an event took place. The most important technique using this type of technique is based on the decay of radioactive objects or elements. In relative dating technique, it will place historical events in their correct order; when they likely occurred, but this technique will not yield the numerical estimates of how many years ago the event happened (Aginsky, 1995; pg. 475).
But the two techniques are kept distinct to each other, if an archeologist or scientist should be able to put the evidence of the findings in the correct historical order, the disadvantages of this techniques is that only some types of objects or elements can be numerically dated, so all other findings must be related to age-dated materials by using relative dating technique.
Other techniques, such as acid racimization and cation-ration dating technique; uses the difference in chemical changes that are found in organic or inorganic composition of a sample object or findings. Nowadays, these dating techniques have undergone refinement as archeologist and scientists strive to develop appropriate and most accurate dating technique that will be used effectively (Aginsky, 1995; pg. 476). One of the characteristics of historical documents is the date for the materials which have been derived from living organism is interpreted to mean the date of that organism, “in many cases this is likely to be shortly before the material was prepared.
This is always an important parameter during determination of the date of the content, but it doesn’t mean it will date the content” (Brunelle, 1992; pg. 117).