Though using similar methods, these two techniques differ in certain ways that will be discussed in this article.As the name implies, relative dating can tell which of the two artifacts is older.However, age of deposition does not mean the age of artifacts found in that layer.Artifacts found in a layer can be compared with other items found in layers of similar age and placed in order.Stratigraphy: The oldest dating method which studies the successive placement of layers.It is based on the concept that the lowest layer is the oldest and the topmost layer is the youngest.It is possible to tell the number of years ago a particular rock or archeological site had been formed.
However, not all fossils or remains contain such elements.
Dating is a technique used in archeology to ascertain the age of artifacts, fossils and other items considered to be valuable by archeologists.
There are many methods employed by these scientists, interested in the old, to get to know the age of items.
• Relative dating does not tell the exact age, it can only compare items as younger and older.
• Absolute dating techniques can tell the exact age of an artifact by employing various techniques, the most popular being C-14 dating.This gives away the true age of the fossil that contains C-14 that starts decaying after the death of the human being or animal. Absolute Dating • Dating techniques are used in archeology to ascertain the age of old artifacts and a broad classification of these methods bifurcates them in relative dating and absolute dating • Relative dating comes to a conclusion based upon the study of layer formation of rocks.