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relative dating

[′rel·əd·iv ′dād·iŋ]
(geology)
The proper chronological placement of a feature, object, or happening in the geologic time scale without reference to its absolute age.
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In addition, since relative dating of the codes is essential to his program, throughout the book he provides reviews of past research on the chronological order of the codes.
These same forms take their place alongside the triple dot in the later examples from 1396 and 1461 in Figure 2 and provide a marker in the scale of relative dating.
There are indications that some of the foreigners were cognitively quite differentiated: some used absolute dating ("in 1654") rather than relative dating ("in the fifth year of my service"); and some among them, such as Iurii Krizhanich, were highly literate.
Included are absolute dating techniques using both unstable and stable isotopes together with a variety of relative dating techniques, including surface exposure dating using such features as desert varnish and weathering rind thickness, as well as a host of individual soil properties indicating relative degrees of soil development.
The constructional history establishes the relative dating of the three temples, each with a marked character of its own.
The absence of any indication of textual source for individual spellings, with an accompanying notion of relative dating or regional usage, and the absence of any contextualizing quotation or reference for varying glosses, equally limit the usefulness of the dictionary as a tool for linguistic study.
For several generations of geologists, biological dating was the only relative dating system available to guide them through this long period of time.
Recently, I ran across something the late mathematician Livio Stecchini mentioned in passing that might reconcile the absolute rather than relative dating techniques of early and late Egyptian dynasties.
Now in chronological terms it cannot be maintained that this account, despite the author's readiness to record some items of absolute and relative dating,(21) is anything less than thoroughly messy.
In a pioneering claim for a reversal of the traditional ordering, Alice Walker sensibly argued that Shakespeare could well have known his source for All's Well before writing either play, thus making the `bed-trick' motif useless as a means of relative dating.
He argues convincingly that though we lack any single reliable metrical criterion for relative dating of the poems, 'when several combine to produce the same results, the probability derived from that combination may approximate certainty'.

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