Abstract and Keywords
Many important anthropological questions require the researcher to determine the date of the artifacts and features under consideration. Archaeological ceramics are often used to date contexts and strata, relying upon stylistic changes over time (typology). These relative dates can often be anchored in real time by radiocarbon dating of organic material believed to be contemporaneous. However, these dates are still relative or approximates. The two techniques discussed in this chapter, luminescence and rehydroxylation dating, are able to directly date the ceramics themselves using mineralogical/structural changes. Rehydroxylation dating is at present a research method not fully validated.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.