Establishing Timelines

Terminus post quem is a Latin term describing the passage of time. The term delineates when an event, structure, or material is completed or out of production. When applied to archeology, anthropology, law and criminal investigation; distinguishing the terminus post quem helps professionals develop a useful timeline.
Online and print resources have it translated differently and even use the term interchangeably with terminus ad quem.

"limit after which"

"time after which"
Every Contact Leaves A Trace

"end towards which"
QPB Dictionary of Difficult Words

"final or latest limiting point"



  1. Illegitimi non carborundum, or, "The unlawful are not carbon silicate."


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