As an example Pinnacle Point's caves, in the southern coast of South Africa, provided evidence that marine resources (shellfish) have been regularly exploited by humans as of 170,000 years ago.On the other hand, remains as recent as a hundred years old can also be the target of archaeological dating methods.
For example, if a context is sealed between two other contexts of known date, it can be inferred that the middle context must date to between those dates.
Historians, for example, know that Shakespeare's play Henry V was not written before 1587 because Shakespeare's primary source for writing his play was the second edition of Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, not published until 1587.
Thus, 1587 is the post quem dating of Shakespeare's play Henry V.
Oxford Authentication Ltd authenticates ceramic antiquities using the scientific technique of thermoluminescence (TL).
TL is a dating method for archaeological pottery which can distinguish between genuine and fake antiquities.
date "romantic liaison," 1885, gradually evolving from date (1) in its general sense of "appointment;" the verb in this sense is first recorded 1902. The lofty hall, dating from Elizabeth's reign, is as it was; much of the remainder of the house was restored in the last century.