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Primary source items or information that are discovered from the time being studied
secondary source books or articles about the time being studied
hand written sources hand written documents include manuscripts. They include hand written diaries, letters, notebooks, etc.
Printed these includes books, newspaper, magazines, maps and government documents such as censuses (official population counts)
Pictorial sources these include photographs, paintings and document films
Oral sources these include eye-witness accounts, interviews, tape recordings and radio documentary programmes
artefacts an artefact is anything that has been made or used by people. books, pottery and tools are all examples of artefacts
archives house written documents
art galleries contain paintings and drawings which tell us about the past.
prehistory anything from before writing was invented
rescue archaeology archaeological remains are some times discovered in land clearing operations
stratigraphy artefacts found deeper beneath the surface are older than artefacts found above them in shallower ground
carbon dating when a plant or animal dies, carbon begins to leak out slowly from its body. by measuring the amount of carbon is left in a dead plant or animal, scientists can work out approximately when the plant or animal died
pollen analysis can be used to find out what plants grew long ago in an area. pollen grains can sometimes survive for thousand of years and can be studied under a microscope
BC before Christ
AD anno domini
Created by: BGaffney16