Nevertheless, the range of time within archaeological dating can be enormous compared to the average lifespan of a singular human being.
As an example Pinnacle Point's caves, in the southern coast of South Africa, provided evidence that marine resources (shellfish) have been regularly exploited by humans as of 170,000 years ago.
Relative dating methods are unable to determine the absolute age of an object or event, but can determine the impossibility of a particular event happening before or after another event of which the absolute date is well known.
In this relative dating method, Latin terms ante quem and post quem are usually used to indicate both the oldest and the most recent possible moments when an event occurred or an artifact was left in a stratum.
Relative dating and radiometric dating are used to determine age of fossils and geologic features, but with different methods.
Apply a small amount directly to areas of concern, such as muscles, skin, or joints.
The same inductive mechanism is applied in archaeology, geology and paleontology, by many ways.
For example, in a stratum presenting difficulties or ambiguities to absolute dating, paleopalynology can be used as a relative referent by means of the study of the pollens found in the stratum.
This usually requires what is commonly known as a "dating method".
Several dating methods exist, depending on different criteria and techniques, and some very well known examples of disciplines using such techniques are, for example, history, archaeology, geology, paleontology, astronomy and even forensic science, since in the latter it is sometimes necessary to investigate the moment in the past in which the death of a cadaver occurred.
Basketfuls of oakmoss have been found in ancient royal Egyptian tombs, though their use in that regard is not well known.