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History Vocab


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Primary Source
A first hand account; a record made by a person who saw or took part in the actual event.
Pot Shards
Broke pieces of pottery used to date artifacts or fossils.
Radio Carbon Dating
A scientific method for determining the age of once living things by measuring the amount of Carbon 14 remaining.
An object made by or shaped by humans.
Movement of groups of people from one place to another.
The remains of a huge artifact such as a statue.
Nonwritten Source
An artifact without writing on it.
Ice Age
Long periods of time where glaciers advance and retreat, covering large parts of the earth's surface.
The remains or imprint of a once living thing.
A scientist who studies ancient people by the study of their culture.
Cultural Diffusion
The exchange of ideas and material goods from one culture to another.
To uncover artifacts or fossils by digging.
A scientist who locates and studies things left behind by people.
Events that happen before the invention of writing.
Secondary Source
A second hand account; a record based upon the original things.
A record of events in order in which they happen.
Written Source
An artifact with writing on it.
Oral Tradition
The legends, myths, and beliefs that a culture passes down from generation by word of mouth.
Kitchen Midden
An ancient trash heap.

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