Archaeological dating labs

When the sediments cool, the orientations are fixed and remain as a "thermoremanent magnetic moment" (TRM).

TRM alignments generally persist until the material is again heated to the original or a higher temperature, so that the archaeomagnetic orientation retains evidence of the last heating or burning event.

In this section of Methods of Gathering Data you will learn how archaeologists gather and analyze information by utilizing historical research techniques, field methods for data recovery, and laboratory analyses.

Since Dan's death in 1994, the lab has continued under the direction of Dr. The lab is one of three dedicated laboratories in the Americas—the others are at the Illinois State Museum (Dr. The method is based on comparing the magnetic properties of burned archaeological deposits with calibration curves for the region of the earth's surface that includes the site.

When magnetic minerals in soils and sediments are heated, their magnetic fields become oriented to the prevailing magnetic field.

The methods used by archaeologists to gather data can be applied to any time period, including the very recent past. This “garbology” project proved that even recent artifacts can reveal a lot about the people who used and discarded them.

has become known for his study of the garbage discarded by the people of Tuscon, Arizona in the 1970s!

The Archaeomagnetic Dating Laboratory was established in 1988 by Dr. Archaeomagnetic dating was advanced in the United States in the 1960s by Dr.