Basing on this principle, the cultural assemblages found in different layers can be assigned a chronological personality. In practice it is found that the mounds are disturbed9 by all sorts of pits and dumps.For example, if the cultural contents of the lower deposit are Mauryan in character, appropriately this deposit may be assigned a date between 400-200 B. Similarly, if the cultural equipment of the upper deposit are of the Sunga period, this deposit has to placed between 200-73 B. Quite often, the archaeologist decided the change of stratum on the basis of the feed of the deposit.However, historical archaeology has tended to de-emphasize archaeometric analyses because of the availability of a documentary record.Absolute dating methods that rely on specialized laboratory analyses such as dendrochronology, radiocarbon, and luminescence measurements are available to historical archaeologists.Archaeologists have long dated sites by the visual appearance of pottery fragments found around the site.
Wood tends to decompose over time, and animals often dig up bones and move them around a site.Even when the absolute dates are available, we have to supplement the information with relative dating.The various methods of relative dating are; This method depends on the common observation that the height of the habitational area increases as the people continue to live at the same place.Biostratigraphy: One of the first and most basic scientific dating methods is also one of the easiest to understand.Layers of rock build one atop another — find a fossil or artifact in one layer, and you can reasonably assume it’s older than anything above it.