- The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology
- List of Contributors
- The Discipline of Archaeology
- The Formative Century, 1860–1960
- The Theoretical Scene, 1960–2000
- Into the Future
- Measuring the Passage of Time: Achievements and Challenges in Archaeological Dating
- Human Activity in a Spatial Context
- Data Collection by Excavation
- Mastering Materials
- The Nature of Humanness
- Early Hominids
- The Emergence of <i>Homo</i> Sapiens Sapiens
- The Neanderthals
- Peopling the World
- Hunters and Gatherers
- Early Farming and Domestication
- Studying Human Diet
- Cultural Complexity
- Trade and Interaction
- China: State Formation and Urbanization
- The Central Andean Region in Prehistory
- The Mediterranean and its Hinterland
- The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Pre-Islamic Central Asia
- The Circumpolar Zone
- East Asia
- The Pacific Islands
- North America
- South American Archaeology
- Indigenous Voices, Archaeology, and the Issue of Repatriation
- Sex and Gender
- Archaeological Representation: the Consumption and Creation of the Past
- Community Archaeology
- Subject Index
- Index of Personal Names: Includes all referenced authors.
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines achievements and challenges in archaeological dating. It explains that archaeological dating has made huge strides since the ‘archaeological atomic bomb’ was detonated in the late 1940s when the range of techniques multiplied, the range of materials which can be dated increased, and the time depth was extended back to well beyond the origin of the hominid line. It suggests that archaeology benefits greatly from efforts to address issues and problems concerning dating technologies because dating is central to a wide range of other disciplines within the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.
A. M. Pollard is Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science and Director, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford.
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