Definition of cross-dating in English:

cross-dating

noun

Archaeology
  • [mass noun] The dating of objects by correlation with the chronology of another culture or site.

    • ‘After cross-dating, errors were corrected and cores that did not cross-date were discarded.’
    • ‘He extended the principle of cross-dating, thus providing a chronological framework for his Bronze Age sequence.’
    • ‘Once the hemlock cores were measured, cross-dating was verified.’
    • ‘Here we combine cross-dating of fire scars in dead wood and living trees with sampling in a dense grid over a large area.’
    • ‘The cross-dating allowed the age of the cores and disks to be determined accurately and identified any missing or false rings.’

Pronunciation:

cross-dating

/ˈkrɒsdeɪtɪŋ/