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These include the uranium-thorium method, the potassium-argon method, and the rubidium-strontium method. Thermoluminescence (pronounced ther-moeloo-mi-NES-ence) dating is very useful for determining the age of pottery.When a piece of pottery is heated in a laboratory at temperatures more than 930°F (500°C), electrons from quartz and other minerals in the pottery clay emit light.When the organism dies, the supply stops, and the carbon-14 contained in the organism begins to spontaneously decay into nitrogen-14.The time it takes for one-half of the carbon-14 to decay (a period called a half-life) is 5,730 years.Radioactive decay: The predictable manner in which a population of atoms of a radioactive element spontaneously disintegrate over time.Stratigraphy: Study of layers of rocks or the objects embedded within those layers.Relative dating methods are used to determine only if one sample is older or younger than another.Absolute dating methods are used to determine an actual date in years for the age of an object.
Using thermoluminescence, pottery pieces as old as 100,000 years can be dated with precision. Known as dendrochronology (pronounced den-dro-crow-NOL-o-gee), tree-ring dating is based on the fact that trees produce one growth ring each year.This method is based on the assumption (which nearly always holds true) that deeper layers of rock were deposited earlier in Earth's history, and thus are older than more shallow layers.