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Social Studies

Vocabulary I

absolute dating a type of cultural dating when archaeologists decide the age in years of an object
relative dating a type of cultural dating when an object is foud to be older or younger than other objects
denrochronology a type of scientific dating through tree-ring counting
prehistory a record of what happened in the past, including explanations of the events
fossil The remains of or imprint of a print of a plant or animal from the past geoloical age
artifact An object made by humans that is of archaeological or historical interest
oral tradition The legends, myths, and beliefs that a culture passes from generation to generation by word of mouth
primary source Information about events recorded at the time of those events
archaeology The systematic recovery and study of tools, graves, buildings, pottery, and other remains of past human life and culture
radioactive dating A method for determining the age of a once living thing based on the fact that their radioactive carbon content decays at the regular rate
kitchen midden A rubbish heap; including artifacts and bones left in a settlement by people of the past
Created by: amanie