Absolute dating tells us exactly how old a material or object is, while relative dating tells us how much older or younger the material or object is as compared to another.
Relative dating is determined by comparing its placement with that of fossils in other layers of rock.
Relative dating is the science determining the relative order of past events, without necessarily determining their absolute age Absolute dating is the process of determining an approximate computed age in archaeology and geology.
Relative dating was a precursor to absolute dating.
Before absolute dating techniques were discovered, the age of a rock was a guesstimate at best.
Absolute dating of rock is achieved by radiometric dating techniques.
Relative dating is achieved by determining the position of rock in strata, and the appearance of certain index fossils.
However, archeologists still require further information to find out the items that are oldest and those that are youngest in the order.
It is left for absolute dating to come up with the precise age of an artifact.
"It was a couple of years before he even started dating again." The process of estimating the age of an artifact or biological vestige.