Each sample type has specific problems associated with its use for dating purposes, including contamination and special environmental effects.

More information on the sources of error in carbon dating are presented at the bottom of this page.

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But you would never have any 78s in junkyards closed before they were invented.

The same is true for 45s, and 8-tracks, and cassette tapes, and LPs, and CDs, and DVDs, and mp3 players (and really, any kind of artifact).

Petrie was a scientific archaeologist, probably close to our first example.

The seriation method works because object styles change over time; they always have and always will.

Petrie's problem was that he had discovered several predynastic cemeteries along the Nile River in Egypt that seemed to be from the same period, but he needed a way to put them in chronological order.

Absolute dating techniques were not available to him (radiocarbon dating wasn't invented until the 1940s); and since they were separately excavated graves, stratigraphy was no use either.

When they became popularly available, you could find them everywhere; but then the technology changed and they became rare again. Archaeologists investigate trash, not shop window displays, so we measure things when they are discarded; in this example, we're going to use junkyards.

Archaeologically, you would expect no 78s to be found in a junkyard that was closed before 78s were invented.

There might be a small number of them (or fragments of them) in the junkyard which stopped taking junk during the first years 78s were invented.

You would expect a large number in one closed when 78s were popular and a small number again after 78s were replaced by a different technology.

Carbon dioxide is distributed on a worldwide basis into various atmospheric, biospheric, and hydrospheric reservoirs on a time scale much shorter than its half-life.