Archaeological Site Dating


To be able to date an archaeological site, it is necessary to have index microfossils as well as carbon dating material.

Index Microfossils: Microfossils characteristic of a particular span of time, such as a biozone, stage or longer unit of time.

Pollen grains make for good index microfossils because their highly diverse structures offer a sequence going back to the Late Permian.

Archaeological Site - The Pnyx, Athens

Microfossils aid the paleoanthropologist by dating the surrounding human fossil finds. In knowing the dates of human fossil finds, paleoanthropologists can form a documented ancestry of present day peoples.

Human Skull