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For example, beads closely resembling those from the temple repositories at Cnoss and dating from C.1600 B.C were found in a late context (Period V) at Harappa. By noting the association of these beads it has been possible to trace a archaeological datum line across Indian sub-continent and Mesopotamia.Specimens of organic material which can yield good amount of carbon can be collected for C-14 dating.For example charcoal, wood, shell, paper, leaves, cloth, animal hair, bone, pollen, tooth, iron, prehistoric soot from the ceiling of the caves practically any material containing some carbon can be subjected Bones are generally affected by ground water carbonates and are therefore least reliable for dating.However this formula has not been accepted by many archaeologists.Further this formula has been disproved on many occasions. Pottery is probably the most abundantly available antique material in any archaeological site.
But, even when the scientific methods of absolute dating are available, this method of dating has not lost its importance, as many a time we have to depend solely on relative dating.Whenever and where ever such antiquities are found, associated finds are automatically dated.For example Mauryan terracottas, Roman amphorae, Harappan pottery, NBP , PGW,etc.Even when the absolute dates are available, we have to supplement the information with relative dating.
The various methods of relative dating are; This method depends on the common observation that the height of the habitational area increases as the people continue to live at the same place.Clay tablets found in West Asia contain inscriptional evidence with regard to the occurrence of a solar eclipse.