The Origin of Modern Humans and the Impact of Chronometric Dating. Each week a number of students will present a seminar on specific chronological issues which will be followed by a discussion. The impact of radiocarbon dating on old world archaeology: past achievements and future expectations.
The development of absolute dating methods has had the most profound effect on our understanding of the past. All self-respecting archaeologists should have a basic grounding in radiocarbon dating, but many other dating techniques exist and are appropriate for particular archaeological materials. In particular we will look at how, why and when the scientists have got it wrong, and what archaeologists need to know to spot a dodgy date.• Convey the principles and practical applications of scientific dating methods in archaeology • Outline sources of uncertainty and inaccuracy in dates to enable you to apply principles of chronological hygiene and extract reliable chronologies from published data • Explore the key chronological issues and controversies in archaeology Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The module begins with an introduction of the key concepts. These include an outline of radioactive processes, the measurement of radioactivity, dealing with errors, accuracy and precision. Meet thousands of singles in Southampton with Mingle2's free personal ads and chat rooms.
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Does this reliably support an African Origin for modern humans?
• What factors influence the radiocarbon content of the atmosphere and what methods have been used to calibrate radiocarbon beyond the tree-ring record? • What are the problems in dating the British Iron-Age, and what attempts have been made to overcome them? The Origin of Modern Humans and the Impact of Chronometric Dating.
• What non-destructive absolute dating methods are available? • Outline, using examples how Bayesian analysis can improve radiocarbon chronologies.
• How can past diet affect the radiocarbon dating of humans? • How does the ‘Radiocarbon Barrier’ affect our chronologies and what can be done to cross it?
As well as covering radiocarbon dating, the module covers most of the dating methods of relevance to archaeology from dendrochronology of historical wood back to K/Ar dating of early hominines.