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The Source


To whom it may concern,

Hello, I would like to ask some questions, as a rising freshman, I am taking a course called Pre AP World History, and just finished a magnificent book called "The Source" by James A. Michener. With this book, I was given some assignment questions to answer and hand in to my teacher on the first school day. I had finished up most of the questions, but there were two questions that I am currently confused about. I would really appreciate it if you could help me with these 2 problems.

1. What is an archaeological tel?
2. By what means do historians & archaeologists date, classify and arrive at generalizations about the civilizations?
If you could answer these two questions, I would greatly appreciate it. 
N. Kumar

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