GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 15 Aug 2018, 17:24

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Director
Joined: 29 Jul 2006
Posts: 809
Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Nov 2006, 21:27
1
11
00:00

Difficulty:

85% (hard)

Question Stats:

48% (01:30) correct 52% (01:57) wrong based on 222 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

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.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/archaeologist ... 44157.html
Director
Joined: 29 Jul 2006
Posts: 809
Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Nov 2006, 09:47
The OA is A...The stimulus is complete and its left that way to confuse us so that the lower layer is open for interpretations even though there is nothing in it.
Manager
Joined: 05 Mar 2013
Posts: 64
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 670 Q49 V33
GPA: 3.56
WE: Marketing (Telecommunications)
Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

15 Sep 2014, 08:25
i dont get it .. the question asks which statement would weaken the evidence given A is not weakening the evidence its strenthening it .. its saying that the items found in Middle layer are infact from a later date

Pls help
Board of Directors
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 2717
Location: United States (IL)
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
GPA: 3.92
WE: General Management (Transportation)
Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Nov 2016, 08:44
vineetgupta wrote:
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.

archaeologists-seeking-the-location-of-a-legendary-siege-and-44157.html

looks like a very tricky question...what do we have to weaken? from the given argument, it might be inferred that the archaeologists are digging on the right site...
all but A actually support this idea, whereas A says that pottery might have gotten in the lower levels by accident.
Intern
Joined: 03 Nov 2016
Posts: 22
Location: India
Schools: ISB '18, IIMA PGPX"18
GMAT 1: 700 Q48 V38
Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Nov 2016, 00:56
The conclusion here is that the middle layer doesnt belong to siege and destroyed city.
Evidence is that there exist type 3 pottery in middle layer.
A says that its possible that these type 3 pottery is among the objects fell in the areas dig by Gerbils. This definitely can weaken the conclusion.
B mentions lower level, so cant weaken the conclusion.
C shows middle and lower layers may be related but doesnt hurt the conclusion. they both could be part of siege city or couldnt.
D says destruction caused by fire but no evidence of siege.
E again mentions lower level, so cant weaken the conclusion.
Retired Moderator
Status: The best is yet to come.....
Joined: 10 Mar 2013
Posts: 533
Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

11 Dec 2017, 02:40
2
vineetgupta wrote:
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.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/archaeologist ... 44157.html
Here the conclusion is 'the bottom of the middle layer contains some pieces of pottery of type 3, but the lower layer does not'.

We need to weaken this conclusion, showing that the bottom of the middle layer does not contain some pieces of pottery of type 3 or that the lower layer contains pottery of type 3.

Option A, clearly says that pottery of type 3 is not belong to the middle layer. It is from upper layer. So A is winner.
_________________

Hasan Mahmud

Re: Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and &nbs [#permalink] 11 Dec 2017, 02:40
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Archaeologists seeking the location of a legendary siege and

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

# Events & Promotions

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.