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Relative Dating in Archaeology

Relative Dating in Archaeology

These two classroom exercises introduce students to stratigraphy and the law of superposition as well as seriation, dating techniques used by archaeologists to establish a relative chronology. They can be adapted to students at different levels using local materials. In the first exercise, dated materials such as newspapers may be used to illustrate the concepts; students may then manipulate materials to simulate mapping and excavation or create a poster. In the second exercise, students are shown and discuss materials to develop their understanding of artifacts and materials within the context of a culture.
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