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Legends, myths, and beliefs passed on by work of mouth from generation to generation.
Materials describing certain events that were created within the same time period as the events.
Materials describing certain events that were created by people who studied the primary sources.
Examples of written sources
Letters, diaries, speeches, popular songs, poems, business records, campaign slogans, calendars, maps
What kinds of question help historians evaluate sources? How does each question help historians evaluate sources?
Who, what, when, where, why
Why do historians study archaeological records?
To find out what people liked, what they ate, what they played, what diseases they had, etc.
What are the steps of excavating an archaeological site?
They mark off small squares or a grid, dig out a layer at a time, and record location.
When would archaeologist use radiocarbon dating?
To find the age of a once living thing such as wood or bones.
What information can archaeologists obtain by studying the layers of the earth?
How old something is.
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