A professor emeritus at Texas A&M University College Station, Rowe teaches at a branch of the university in Qatar.
Traditional carbon dating involves removing and burning small samples of the object.
The style of the artefact and its archaeology location stratigraphically are required to arrive at a relative date.
For example, if an artefact, say an oil lamp, is found co-located on the same floor of a governor's dwelling, and that floor can be dated in archaeology terms by reason of the patterns employed in the mosaic, then it is assumed that in relation to the floor that the lamp is of the same age.
It would be hard to imagine modern archaeology without this elegant and precise timing method.
Now with carbon-14 and other modern dating techniques we have a very good idea how old things are.
Archaeology dating techniques can assure buyers that their item is not a fake by providing scientific reassurance of the artefact's likely age.