Archaeology and other human sciences use radiocarbon dating to prove or disprove theories.Over the years, carbon 14 dating has also found applications in geology, hydrology, geophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology, and even biomedicine.
gravel, clay, or sand), its provenience (horizontal and vertical position within the matrix), and its association with other artifacts (occurrence together with other archeological remains, usually in the same matrix).
The provenience, association, and matrix of such archaeological data SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: ADTCATEGORY: database design DEFINITION: A class of data that does not conform to alphanumeric, numeric, Boolean, text, or string types; includes time and date fields as well as special data types for ordinal time, statistical dates, stratigraphic order, and CATEGORY: branch DEFINITION: The use of geological techniques and methods to archaeological work.
It is different from geoarchaeology in that the latter is a subfield of archaeology focusing on the physical context of deposits.
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: archaeological context CATEGORY: term; technique DEFINITION: The time and space setting of an artifact, feature, or culture.
The context of a find is its position on a site, its relationship through association with other artifacts, and its chronological position as revealed through stratigraphy.