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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.

Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?

(A) The lower layer contains the remains of the city where the siege took place.
(B) The legend confuses stories from two different historical periods.
(C) The middle layer does not represent the period of the siege.
(D) The siege lasted for a long time before the city was destroyed.
(E) The pottery of type 3 was imported to the city by traders.

How different are A and C ?
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23 Aug 2006, 01:16
I'll go with C.

It cant be A because:
The passage states that the middle layer contains pieces of pottery of type 3 , but the lower layer does not contain the same pieces. Just because the lower layer does not have the same type of pieces does not mean that the lower layer contains remains of the destroyed city.
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23 Aug 2006, 01:35
kripalkavi wrote:
I'll go with C.

It cant be A because:
The passage states that the middle layer contains pieces of pottery of type 3 , but the lower layer does not contain the same pieces. Just because the lower layer does not have the same type of pieces does not mean that the lower layer contains remains of the destroyed city.

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

Now, the remains of the destroyed city cannot be in the lower-lower level or sub lower levels... so where will it go....
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23 Aug 2006, 01:45
Picking C.
A is too definite for a hypothesis. C can be said safely.
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23 Aug 2006, 01:59
I dont kno wud go for (A) too
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23 Aug 2006, 03:43
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... dary+siege
good discussion here
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