Historic England, and its predecessor English Heritage, have produced technical advice on scientific dating techniques. This page provides an introduction to these documents.
Scientific dating methods are important tools in helping to understand and date archaeological sites and they are now used routinely during archaeological investigations. The best known and most often used techniques are radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating.
On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current.
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