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18 Cards in this Set

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the history of humans before the development of writing (p. 57).
primary source
information about events recorded at the time of those events (p. 60).
kitchen midden
a rubbish heap, including bones, left in a settlement by he past (p. 73).
radiocarbon dating
a method for determining the age of once-living things, based on the fact that their radioactive carbon content decays at a regular rate (p. 68).
primary source
information about events recorded at the time of those events (p. 60).
oral tradition
the legends, myths, and beliefs that a culture passes from generation to generation by word of mouth (p. 57).
the remains or imprint of a plant or animal from a past geological age (p. 57).
secondary source
information about events recorded after those events by people who have studied the primary sources (p. 60).
a stone coffin; any coffin (p. 71).
) in archaeology, the systematic digging of an area of ground to recover the archaeological record.
cultural diffusion
When different cultures exchange goods and ideas.
an object made by humans that is of archaeological or historical interest (p. 57).
Relative dating
independent invention
When cultures come up with the same thing on their own.
the systematic recovery and study of tools, graves, buildings, pottery, and other remains of past human life and culture (p. 64).
cultural dating
determining the age of something by comparing objects found with information one already has. Usually these are non living things; coins, pots and non living things
describe an example of a non written source
jewelry, coins, tools and toys
describe an example of a written source
books, letters, diaries, speech, songs, poems and slogans.