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Chapter 3, Lesson 2: Examining Sources (pp. 64-70)

I. Unlocking the Archaeological Record

II. Dating the Information

    A. Archaeologists use two methods to determine the age of an artifact, cultural dating and scientific dating.

    B. Cultural dating compares the objects found at a site with objects whose dates and information are already known.

    C. Scientific dating techniques bring small samples of the objects found at a site into a laboratory for detailed analysis.

III. Interpreting the Evidence

    A. Archaeologists must interpret the evidence they collect just as historians do.

    B. Different archaeologists come to different conclusions about the materials they examine.

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