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It is equally important for professionals in the fields of Earth, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences, who need to know about the range of dating techniques that are available, and about their strengths, limitations and potential applications.Dating Methods and the Quaternary Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.Indeed, for much of the Quaternary, the earth's land surface has been covered by greatly expanded ice sheets and glaciers, and temperatures during these glacial periods were significantly lower than those of the present.But the Quaternary has also seen episodes, albeit much shorter in duration, of markedly warmer conditions, and in these interglacials the temperatures in the mid- and high-latitude regions may have exceeded those of the present day.The book begins with a review of the history of Quaternary dating from the early attempts based on biblical genealogies to recent developments involving radiometric methods.The basics of radioactivity and concepts of Quaternary stratigraphy are also introduced.This position contrasts markedly with that in post-Renaissance Europe where biblical thinking placed the creation of the world around 6000 years ago, and when the end of the universe was predicted within a few hundred years.This restricted chronology for earth history derives from the biblical researches of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, who in 1654 published his considered conclusion, based on Old Testament genealogical sources, that the earth was created on Sunday 23 October 4004 BC, with 'man and other living creatures' appearing on the following Friday.
Praise from the reviews: "This book is a must for any Quaternary scientist." SOUTH AFRICAN GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, September 2006 “…very well organized, clearly and straightforwardly written and provides a good overview on the wide field of Quaternary dating methods…” JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, January 2007Uranium/Thorium dating of Late Pleistocene peat deposits in NW Europe, Uranium/Thorium isotope systematics and open-system behaviour of peat layers: Chemical Geology (Isotope Geoscience Section), 94 p.Further challenges to the Ussher timescale and to its successors came from the field of archaeology, with noted antiquarians such as John Evans (and his geological colleague Joseph Prestwich) arguing, on the basis of finds of ancient handaxes, for a protracted period of human occupation extending into a period of antiquity'....remote beyond any of which we have hitherto found traces' (Renfrew, 1973).Samuel Johnson 1.1 Introduction The Quaternary is the most recent period of the geological record.Spanning the last 2.5 million years or so of geological time and including the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs, it is often considered to be synonymous with the 'Ice Age'.
Whether it is to date a particular climatic episode, to estimate the rate of operation of past geological or geomorphological processes, or to determine the age of an artefact or cultural assemblage, we need to be able to establish a chronology of events.