Historic artifacts dating
Historical techniques are important not only to mainstream geomorphological investigations but also to fluvial applications in environmental management.The approach is useful for human-induced fluvial changes as well as for those occurring naturally.For example, JJA Worsaae used this law to prove the Three Age System.
Archaeology - The scientific excavation and study of ancient human material remains.
And, outside of certain periods in our past, there simply were no chronologically dated objects, or the necessary depth and detail of history that would assist in chronologically dating civilizations.
Without those, the archaeologists were in the dark as to the age of various societies. The use of tree ring data to determine chronological dates, dendrochronology, was first developed in the American southwest by astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass.
Seriation is thought to be the first application of statistics in archaeology. The most famous seriation study was probably Deetz and Dethlefsen's study Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow, on changing styles on gravestones in New England cemeteries.
The method is still a standard for cemetery studies.