Define chronometric dating

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In archaeology, absolute dating is usually based on the physical, chemical, and life properties of the materials of artifacts, buildings, or other items that have been modified by humans and by historical associations with materials with known dates (coins and written history).

The relatively short half-life of carbon-14, 5,730 years, makes dating reliable only up to about 50,000 years.

After another 5,730 years only one-quarter of the original carbon-14 will remain.

After yet another 5,730 years only one-eighth will be left.

Some scientists prefer the terms chronometric or calendar dating, as use of the word "absolute" implies an unwarranted certainty of accuracy.

Absolute dating provides a numerical age or range in contrast with relative dating which places events in order without any measure of the age between events.

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