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Typology dating method

A seriation technique, called sequence dating, based on shared typological features, enabled Sir Flinders Petrie to establish the temporal order of a large number of Egyptian graves.

Another early dating method was ‘typology’Relating to Atlantis studies, we find that Jürgen Spanuth applied typology to the weaponry and dress of the Sea Peoples as portrayed at Medinet Habu to support his theory that they came from Northern Europe.

At least some objects belonging to such a typology should be datable by other criteria to fix a typology into a chronological framework. An object category or motif might develop not regularly but in staccato 'jumps'.

Typological dating may foster the tendency to assume that each step in development is of about the same time length, but this does not need to be the case in reality.

Outside evidence, such as dating of two or more stages in the development, may be needed to determine which is the first and which the last member of the series.