Relative dating is used to determine the
The figure on this page is a Microsoft Excel (TM) table showing the results of our frequency count.
For a study we're doing on, say, the availability of music in rural locations during the 20th century, we'd like to know more about the deposits in these illicit junkyards.Archaeologists call this kind of behavior "curation" -- people then, just like today, like to hang on to old things.But you would never have any 78s in junkyards closed before they were invented.The seriation method works because object styles change over time; they always have and always will.
A good example of a change in artifact type is the development of hand-held PDAs from those first enormous cell phones. As an example of how change through time works, consider the different music recording methods that were used in the 20th century.One early recording method consisted of large plastic disks which could only be played on a huge device called a gramophone.