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He used this method to establish order in large Egyptian graves. “First, the assumed that pottery styles gradually become more popular, reach peak of popularity, and then fade away.Frequency seriation on the other hand, was established by an American archaeologist at a Mayan site in Yucatan 1940. Secondly, they argued that a given time period, a pot style popular at one site would similarly be popular at another.”(Renfrew and Bahn 2008, 128). Ford working in American Southeast and Frank Hole in Iran were able to establish chronological validity using this method.He further explains that the lower levels are relatively earlier than the later strata, which is basically entails.Scientific archaeologists grasped at this rather quickly, although it wasn't used as a consistent technique until around the turn of the nineteenth century.Archaeology can be defined as “the scientific study of the human past, of ancient human behaviour, from the earliest times right up to the present.”(Fagan, 2006) .
The study of archaeology as an academic discipline is dependant on the accuracy of various dating methods.Contextual seriation, also called sequenced dating is where artefacts are arranged according to the frequencies of their co- occurrence in specific context.In the nineteenth century Sir Flinders Petrie was the founding father of this type of seriation. Brainerd in their paper published in American Antiquity in 1951 hypostasised two statements about frequency seriation.Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.Keywords: radio carbon dating, potassium argon dating, seriation, stratigraphy Explain the importance of the following dating methods: (a) radio carbon dating, (b) potassium argon dating, (c) seriation, (d) stratigraphy.This basically involves ordering things into sequences.