Dating clay-based materials like ceramics recovered from archeological sites can be time consuming, not to mention complex and expensive.Patrick Bowen, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, is refining a new way of dating ceramic artifacts that could one day shave thousands of dollars off the cost of doing archaeological research.Before the advent of carbon 14 dating, estimate of age is a rather hazardous undertaking.The age of a piece of antique can be determined by its style in certain period, the age of fossil is related to the stratification etc.
This dating method is still under development following its introduction in early 21st century.
The same inductive mechanism is applied in archaeology, geology and paleontology, by many ways.
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There is now strong support for power-law behaviour from analyses of long-term moisture expansion data in brick ceramic, some of which now extends over more than 60 y.
Moisture expansion and weight gain are known to be proportional to each other for a specified material at any specified firing temperature.