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Potassium-argon Dating A process used to date objects that are more than half a million years old which measures the amount of potassium and argon in surrounding volcanic rock
History The study of the past
Scientific Dating When an item is given a more exact date in a lab
Archaeologist A scientist who studies artifacts to learn about the past
BC Before Christian Era
Prehistory Before man had a written record of its history
Excavation Process of digging up and archaeological site
BCE Before Common Era
Culture A group of people that are living in the same geographical area that share the same way of life
Ad Anno Domini ( " In the year of the christ" ) used to show modern time
Artifacts Items made by people of the past
Radiocarbon Dating When scientist measure the amount of carbon left after a living thing dies, done to determine age
Oral Tradition The legends, myths and beliefs of a culture handed down by word of mouth
Nonwritten Source A source of information that does not have writing on it
Archaeological Record How archaeologist grid the site first horizontally and then vertically to get all the layers in the site and thus get all the information in the order it was buried
Secondary Source When primary sources are used and interpreted to give information about the past
Archaeology The study of the remains of the past
Primary Source Artifacts and items that come from a specific time period and give information about that time
CE Date designation meaning Common Era, or the last two thousand years of history
Cultural Dating comparing and unknown date/origin with known information to determine how old the object is
Created by: grace09m1981