But if you started finding the Styrofoam cups and the plastic utensils of the nearby delicatessen, then you would know by virtue of their position in the overall material culture of the 20th century that that's probably a good date for the Empire State Building.
Of course then you'd look at the Empire State Building's style and you'd compare it to the Chrysler Building, and you'd compare it to the Citicorp Building, which is considerably different.
And you'd work out the different styles in the evolution of Manhattan itself.
But by and large, you would, in the broad scope, be able to put the Empire State Building and Manhattan in an overall context of development here in the United States and in the modern 19th and 20th centuries.
Therefore, consolidating their position on the absolute timescale will facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the ancient history of the wider Mediterranean region.
We procurred samples from major international collections which are historically datable to a given kings reign.
Although construction of the EHCs has employed an extensive amount of historical research, comparatively few attempts have been made to cross-check them using direct scientific dating techniques.
The aim of this project was to investigate the consistency of the historical chronologies with dates obtained via the radiocarbon method.
We study the pottery and how it changes over the broad sweep, some 3,000 years.LEHNER: We had the idea some years back to radiocarbon date the pyramids directly.And as you say, you need organic material in order to do carbon-14 dating, because all living creatures, every living thing takes in carbon-14 during its lifetime, and stops taking in carbon-14 when it dies. There are people coming from a New Age perspective who want the pyramids to be very old, much older than Egyptologists are willing to agree.Rarely do we have people from thousands of years ago who are writing, who are signing confessions.The chronologies are pinned to absolute calendrical years by rare astronomical observations.