Definition of seriation in US English:

seriation

noun

technical
  • See seriate

    • ‘The seriation discussed here does not consider site assemblages but, rather, depends entirely on the intrinsic attributes of the artifacts.’
    • ‘Stratigraphic and radiocarbon information can be used to give direction to the order produced through seriation and to begin to construct an absolute chronology.’
    • ‘Conversely, the extrinsic properties of artifacts can provide chronological information that seriation cannot.’
    • ‘It is also possible that the seriation does not accurately reflect the temporal duration of zone decorations or that the radiocarbon dates from Bluegrass do not accurately reflect the span of occupation of the site.’
    • ‘The classes used in seriation are chronological types, also called ‘historical’ or ‘temporal’ types.’

Pronunciation

seriation

/ˌsi(ə)rēˈāSHən/