10.3. Virtual Lab: Dating Techniques
I need an explanation for this Science question to help me study.
Your textbook discusses several dating methods with which scientists determine the age of fossils and artifacts. This Virtual Lab provides some additional information about these processes. Explore the following websites and then take a quiz on dating methods.
Relative Dating Techniques (Palomar College) A survey of relative dating methods.
http://anthro.palomar.edu/time/time_3.htm (Links to an external site.)
Chronometric Dating Techniques (Palomar College) A survey of chronometric (absolute) dating methods.
http://anthro.palomar.edu/time/time_5.htm (Links to an external site.)
Explanation of Relative Dating (video clip). Watch the first three minutes for an introduction to the concept of relative dating.
Archaeology Dating Lecture Part 1 (Links to an external site.)
Explanation of Absolute Dating (video clip). Very clear explanation of three dating methods–dendrochronology, radiocarbon dating, and thermoluminescence.
Archaeology Dating Lecture Part 2 (Links to an external site.)
Beta-Analytic Carbon Dating Laboratory
Website of world’s largest and most respected radiocarbon lab. Read the information under the links titled “About Radiocarbon Dating” and “Bomb Carbon.”