This article wraps up the archaeological dating methods series on StoneAgeMan by covering three highly-specialized, but useful, ways to date artifacts: uranium-series, potassium-argon, and luminescence dating.
As usual, below are the first few paragraphs of my new article. Please read the rest on StoneAgeMan!
We’ve covered several dating methods on StoneAgeMan, like dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating, but there are still more ways archaeologists can tell how old a site or artifact is. Three of the most clever techniques utilize uranium, volcanoes, and trapped electrons.
We’ll touch on each of them below, and provide examples of places where archaeologists have used them.
Did you know that scientists can tell how old a cave painting is by dating the rocks on top of or underneath it? Uranium-series (U-series) dating is the tool they use to accomplish such a feat, and here’s how it works:
Like radiocarbon dating, Uranium-series (U-series) methods rely on radioactive decay. They track the breakdown of two isotopes of uranium – 235U and 238U – into a series of “daughter isotopes.”
That’s all for the preview! If you want to learn more about these fascinating dating techniques (and no, Beaton, I’m not talking about courtship when I say “dating”) then check out the full article on StoneAgeMan!