Feathers, James K. Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Last reviewed:October 2019
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The establishment of the temporal sequence of prehistoric events. An event can be defined as a duration of time during which certain features came together to form a set, for example, when certain materials were formed into an object (manufacturing event) or when a set of objects were deposited at a single location (occupation event). An event can be dated only if the relevant features have properties that are dependent on time. A distinction is drawn often between dating events, which are those events that can be dated, and target events, which are the events of interest. Where these do not coincide, “bridging arguments” are required to link them.
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