posted on Jan, 7 2008 @ 12:11 PM
Originally posted by St Udio
reply to post by last time here
if one is burried recently, their remains are interred the necessary '6 foot under'....will future excavations of a grave site determine that the
'strata' the bones were discovered in were several hundred years earlier than the day they were ritually buried?
some of those bones, fossils, artifacts, we find or excavate may not have just dropped on the surface of the land, they may have fallen into a hole or
a ditch which caved in or got avalanched.
this is a very good question, I am an archaeologist and I will explain this. In general, there is the "the law of superposition" in
archaeology/geology, where by layers of rock/dirt that are above other layers are younger than than the layers below. This is typically, how artifacts
are relatively dated to eachother (i.e. older or younger).
However, when you find pits, e.g. burials, storage pits, etc that are dug into the ground, obviously the surrounding layers of dirt are older than the
contents of the dirt within the pit.
But, one can make the distinction between the two by serval ways.
1) the pit will appear as a disturbed area within the soil profile indicating that it isnt of the same age as the surrounding dirt.
2) artifacts contained within the burial/feature will be of a different age than those of the surrounding layers, based upon already know ages of
3) the very fact that it is a burial down into lower layers, indicates that it was dug AFTER the soil layers were layed down. relying upon the above
mentioned law of superposition, since the burial couldnt have been dug unless the dirt was already there.
these arent always hard and true facts though, artifacts can move through the soil column dependent upon the type of soil or even animal digging
through the soil profile (bioterbation).
Quite often you find artifacts of varying ages mixed together within a single soil layer and it takes a bit of knowledge of how soils work to figure
out what goes where.
as far as cataclysmic events they are also move obvious in the record than you might think.