New Ceramic Dating Method Studies Show Promise

“Researchers at Edinburgh and Manchester universities have developed a new method of “rehydroxylation dating” for determining the age of clay-fired ceramics found at archaeological sites. The technique utilizes the nature of fired clay to reabsorb water from the atmosphere after it has been kilned. By determining the amount of water a piece has reabsorbed since it was made, they believe they can accurately calculate the object’s age.

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