“The remains of the city were found buried under a heavy layer of ash and destruction debris … ”
“ … ovens and grinding installations were found in many of the rooms … ”
“ … a large cemetery was discovered on a hill facing the tell on the south … ”
“ … under the floor of one of the rooms the archaeologists uncovered a cache of gold objects … ”
Who destroyed the city? Who lived and worked here? What did these people grind? Who was buried in the cemetery? Why was the gold hidden? To answer these and similar questions, the archaeologist must first determine when these events took place. Dating objects they uncover gives archaeologists answers to other “when” questions.