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Excavation of the ancient city of Kourion on the island of Cyprus revealed a pattern of debris and collapsed buildings typical of towns devastated by earthquakes. Archaeologists have hypothesized that the destruction was due to a major earthquake known to have occurred near the island in A.D. 365.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the archaeologists’ hypothesis?
(A) Bronze ceremonial drinking vessels that are often found in graves dating from years preceding and following A.D. 365 were also found in several graves near Kourion.
(B) No coins minted after A.D. 365 were found in Kourion, but coins minted before that year were found in abundance.
(C) Most modern histories of Cyprus mention that an earthquake occurred near the island in A.D. 365.
(D) Several small statues carved in styles current in Cyprus in the century between A.D. 300 and 400 were found in Kourion.
(E) Stone inscriptions in a form of the Greek alphabet that was definitely used in Cyprus after A.D. 365 were found in Kourion.

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25 Jul 2008, 09:56
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hypothesis is the destruction was due to a major earthquake known to have occurred near the island in A.D. 365.
and this depends on the discovery.

B. suggest that destruction happened around AD 365 saying "no coins after 365 AD were found" Hence strongly supports that it happened around 365 AD.

C Mentions a fact but does not strengthen it.
D. suggest the time somewhere in between 300 and 400 AD which may be after 365AD
A & E. suggest the time after AD365

Hence B best option
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25 Jul 2008, 10:20
sudiptak wrote:
hypothesis is the destruction was due to a major earthquake known to have occurred near the island in A.D. 365.
and this depends on the discovery.

B. suggest that destruction happened around AD 365 saying "no coins after 365 AD were found" Hence strongly supports that it happened around 365 AD.

C Mentions a fact but does not strengthen it.
D. suggest the time somewhere in between 300 and 400 AD which may be after 365AD
A & E. suggest the time after AD365

Hence B best option

I chose.. C.
Good explanation.Agree with you.
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30 Jul 2008, 07:53
OA is B, good explaination Sudaptik.
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30 Jul 2008, 08:21
kudos to sudiptak.Very good explanations.
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