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seriation

[seer-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌsɪər iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the arrangement of a collection of artifacts into a chronological sequence.
Origin of seriation
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin seri(ēs) series + -ation
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  • There are noted, however, by Bonnier certain improvements made by Albertus on Aristotle's view of the seriation of living things.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Word Origin and History for seriation
n.

"the forming of an orderly sequence," 1650s; see series + -ation.

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