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Certain processes such as sedimentation or kiln-firing can cause the particles in structures made of such materials to align themselves with the direction of Earth's magnetic field at the time.

This direction has varied over the last few thousand years in ways that can be traced from known records, so it provides a means of dating such structures if they have remained in their original orientation—as a kiln would, for example.

In other words, artifacts found in the upper layers of a site will have been deposited more recently than those found in the lower layers.

Cross-dating of sites, comparing geologic strata at one site with another location and extrapolating the relative ages in that manner, is still an important dating strategy used today, primarily when sites are far too old for absolute dates to have much meaning.

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For example, the processes by which the technique is performed and the associated skills and knowledge required to produce accurate determinations will necessarily impact the availability of the technique, but availability (and the associated monetary cost) is not an intrinsic property of the technique itself.

In reality, there are difficulties associated with the processing and measurement of certain materials, which reduces the applicability of this technique.

For example, bone samples without enough remaining collagen had to be disregarded in a radiocarbon dating exercise targeting the Cotswold-Severn Long Barrows (Smith & Brickley 2006).

ABSTRACT: A set of 104 independently dated archaeomagnetic directions was used to extend the U. Southwest reference curve back to 375 cal BC and to calculate isolated mean VGPs centered on 960 cal BC and 2390 cal BC.

Some naturally occurring minerals possess a permanent magnetization.