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ABSOLUTE DATE - Humanities

Field label
ABSOLUTE DATE
Field mnemonic
ABD
Field name
  • Absolute Date
  • Date absolue
Field definition
This field contains the age of the object, expressed as the date Before Present (BP) determined by isotopic or radiometric dating, including the error range.
Heading
DATING FIELDS
Comments
NOTE: This field has NOT been updated as part of the May 2010 Data Dictionary update. Priority for the Data Dictionary update was given to those fields that are required or strongly recommended for Artefacts Canada contribution. The Entry Rules for this field will be updated at a later date.
Entry rules
Enter the date and the error range. BC or AD dates should be converted to BP. An archaeological conference has accepted 1950 as the standard for computing dates BP. Alpha data may be entered but do not enter "BP".
Cataloguers rules
See also, Date of Object, From (BPD1), Dating Technique (DTEC), Testing Data (TD) and Site Dates (ZDAT).
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • 3000
  • 10000
  • 19000 +/-500
  • 19000 +/-500
  • 10000
  • 3000
Discipline
  • Archaeology
Source
  • Archaeology (Specimens) Task Force
Field label (French)
DATE ABSOLUE
Field mnemonic (French)
DAB

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