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Nature of Sources and Evidence

February 27, 2008
What are the main types of sources? The main type of soures are Secondary soures, Primary sources.
What kinds of questions need to be asked of archaeological sources? Where did the artefact come from? Why was it left here? Who made it? 

Do these questions differ from the questions asked of written sources? Why? Yea a bit but some of the questions would be a bit different, like who wrote it and why was it written? These questions would go behind the text and to the author because it would look at his perspective only and maybe the perspectives of people who helped him write it. 

What is meant by the saying that ‘historical writings reveal more about the author than the events or personalities being related’? It is meant by the saying that the writer of the historical text would normally talk about his perspective on the matter, issue or event. Also the writer would be telling the story/event from his/her eyes and his/her ears, he may use the words of others, but usually the words are changed when he/she are writting it down, they may do this to make the story sound better.    

Go online and find one example of an ancient written source and one ancient archaeological source. Anaylse each one (hint: aske those questions!)

The Dead Sea Scrolls- The Dead Sea Scrolls are a written source, significance is that they are one of the oldest written text to be found which have a few texts from the Hebrew Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1956 and 1979.  They were found in elven different the Wadi Qumran(near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea).

The Terracotta Warriors of China- The Terracotta Warriors are statues made from Terracotta which are the height and size of a real man. Each warrior has his own facial features. The Terracotta Warriors are Archaeological source which were found by a chinese farmer in 1974 near Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China.


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