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Until the discovery of carbon dating techniques, archaeologists had to rely on two main methods of working out the age of what they found.

The principle of dating by strata holds that the remains of one generation are automatically covered over by those of the next layer, and comparisons of different styles of things like pottery and jewelry are used to work out how one style influenced the next and so must have preceded it.

A child mummy is found high in the Andes and the archaeologist says the child lived more than 2,000 years ago.

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