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# Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and

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Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and destruction of a city are excavating in several possible places, including a middle and a lower layer of a large mound. The bottom of the middle layer contains some pieces of pottery of type 3, known to be from a later period than the time of the destruction of the city, but the lower layer does not.

The force of the evidence cited above is most seriously weakened if which of the following is true?
(A) Gerbils, small animals long native to the area, dig large burrows into which objects can fall when the burrows collapse.
(B) Pottery of types 1 and 2, found in the lower level, was used in the cities from which, according to the legend, the besieging forces came.
(C) Several pieces of stone from a lower-layer wall have been found incorporated into the remains of a building in the middle layer.
(D) Both the middle and the lower layer show evidence of large-scale destruction of habitations by fire.
(E) Bronze ax heads of a type used at the time of the siege were found in the lower level of excavation.

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24 Oct 2005, 19:35
Let me vote for (D).

I guess the author is implying that the legendary siege and destruction of a city happened in the lower layer, and in support of this he cites the evidence.

However, if (D) is correct, the evidence is useless.
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24 Oct 2005, 21:52
gamjatang wrote:
Let me vote for (D).

I guess the author is implying that the legendary siege and destruction of a city happened in the lower layer, and in support of this he cites the evidence.

However, if (D) is correct, the evidence is useless.

Can we rule out C with this analogy?
If lower level stuff is found in middle level then it should be one site.

But somehow you sound more convincing. OA and OE please?

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24 Oct 2005, 22:40
OA - A

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24 Oct 2005, 22:54
It has to be A. How else would the pottery have made its way the lower levels of the pile?? Those vermin burrowed holes that freed up fragments of pottery which eventually got pulled down by the forces of gravity. No rocket science here!

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24 Oct 2005, 23:26
GMATT73 wrote:
It has to be A. How else would the pottery have made its way the lower levels of the pile?? Those vermin burrowed holes that freed up fragments of pottery which eventually got pulled down by the forces of gravity. No rocket science here!

I'm so ashamed
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25 Oct 2005, 02:33
My pick is A!

IF each level were to represent a period of time with lower level being the earliest, the middle level being the next level and the upper level being thelatest level, then the statement says this - Even though the city was destroyed much later than the time period associated with middle layer, the remains were found in the middle layer.

A gives the reason for that - burrows and its eventual collapse.
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