It's just a bit frustrating when you can't get an absolute conclusion, and many differing opinions.
I have a gold ring which I believe is ancient but also important! The way it's constructed, the way the internal sides of the rings gold are melted with faults that look like bits of silver And the slightly differing colours, the hand carved gem and its,inscription!
There are a number of techniques that have come to archaeology through the nuclear research efforts during WW2.
Radiocarbon dating uses the biological assumption that all living things absorb carbon, both ordinary carbon, C12, and radioactive carbon, C14, into their living tissue.
The style of the artefact and its archaeology location stratigraphically are required to arrive at a relative date.
For example, if an artefact, say an oil lamp, is found co-located on the same floor of a governor's dwelling, and that floor can be dated in archaeology terms by reason of the patterns employed in the mosaic, then it is assumed that in relation to the floor that the lamp is of the same age.
Relative dating in archaeology presumes the age of an artefact in relation and by comparison, to other objects found in its vicinity.
A more precise and accurate archaeology dating system is known as absolute dating and can in most circumstances provide a calendar year to the object.At the moment of death the C14 begins to decay at a rate that scientists already know from other experiments.The missing amount can then determine how long it took to be lost and therefore date the object to a precise period.C14 Radiocarbon dating can only be used on organic matter.Lithic items cannot be dated by C14 radiocarbon methods but the same principle can be used using radioactive uranium.Since 1950 there has been a transformation in the dating techniques of archaeologists.Absolute dating is highly dependant on laboratory analysis.Archaeology dating techniques can assure buyers that their item is not a fake by providing scientific reassurance of the artefact's likely age.Archaeological scientists have two primary ways of telling the age of artefacts and the sites from which they came: relative dating and absolute dating.Once an artefact is compared to its known development date then whenever that item reappears in the archaeological record, of that or any other site, it can quickly be dated.The potential flaws in relative dating in archaeology are obvious.