The Importance of Dating Techniques in Archeology

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This article explains why dating techniques are important to the study of Archeology. It includes some of the different dating techniques used in archeology today.

Nowadays, with the many advances that they have been made in the field of archeology, one of these is the dating techniques that these scientists now have at their disposal. When an archeologist finds any artifact or locates a mummy, it is definitely important that they can tell you what period that these artifacts come from with some degree of certainty. Finding objects such as the Walls of Jericho was important to proving the biblical claims that this even happened, having the capability to date it to the correct era and know what they were was made possible through the many techniques that are used to date such objects.

In the beginning of archeological excavations, the work done by diggers were not exactly an archeological dig, instead it was the work of fortune hunters and grave robbers looking for some ancient artifact that they could sell or create museum collections from. These early searchers were not as meticulous about record keeping and organizing of information and many artifacts were destroyed or misplaced in the effort. These were people on a search for the most important pieces and smaller more insignificant pieces such as pottery and bone fragments were often overlooked or destroyed.

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