Excavated materials prove difficult to date because of the different thermal environments of different loci.
January 10, 2011— If you are an archaeologist, determining when a pot was made is not just a matter of checking the bottom for a time stamp.
Dating clay-based materials like ceramics recovered from archeological sites can be time consuming, not to mention complex and expensive.
Patrick Bowen, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, is refining a new way of dating ceramic artifacts that could one day shave thousands of dollars off the cost of doing archaeological research.
Called rehydroxylation dating, the technique was recently developed by researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh.
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