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History before the development of writing (3,000 BC).
The legends, myths, and beliefs passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. Over time, many myths and legends have been written down.
Source produced during the same time period as the event. Primary sources are generally more valuable to historians than are secondary sources, because they are likely to be more accurate.
Materials that were created later by people who studied the original sources.
Someone who studies archeology and uncovers artifacts, remains, and clues from the past.
The remains or imprints of once-living plants, or animals.
Objects made by humans such an ancient jewlery, tools, coins, and toys. They teach about the customs and beliefs of people of the past.
The study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains.
The object or record must come to rest and be preserved so it may later be found
the process of uncovering of the remains of the past-digging it out.
analyzing objects found in a laboratory to determine their age
gathering information about objects by comparing them to objects they already have to determine their age.
determining the age in years of an object based on information you already have- a form of cultural dating
determining of an object is older or younger than an object
a method of dating objects that uses the amount of radioactive carbon left in the object to determine the age. It can only be used in once living things and can date objects from 1,000 to 60,000 years.
tree ring dating- the oldest method of dating
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