If archaeologists find a site with layers in it, they can make assumptions about the relative age based on the composition of materials in each layer.
Absolute dating techniques determine how long before the present an event took place.
Relative dating techniques determine when events occurred in relation to one another.
Techniques such as radioactive dating, including carbon dating, focus more on the absolute age of an object.
An example of this type of aging includes rocks in Canada that scientists identified as being hundreds of million years old.
Absolute age is more straight-forward and does not require any other objects for comparison.
What was the original Biblical estimate of when the earth was formed?
Relative age will require the comparison of two or more objects, whereas absolute age does not.
Continue Reading Relative age comes up often in various fields, such as archeology.
They're used together to compile an accurate picture of history; but, since only some things can be absolutely dated, everything else must be dated relative to those established ages to formulate an accurate historical timeline.