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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 devestated by earthquakes. Archaeologists have hypothesized that the destruction was due to a major earthquake known to have occured near the island in A.D. 365.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the archaeologists' hypothesis?

A. Bronze ceremonial drinking vessals 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 foundin Kourion, but coins minted before that year were found in abundance
C. Most modern histories of Cyprus mention that an earthquake occured 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 Cyrpus after A.D. 365 were found in Kourion.

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we need to strength the argument....

A. Bronze ceremonial drinking vessals that are often found in graves dating from years preceding and following<after the earthquake nothing should happen> A.D. 365 were also found in several graves near Kourion.
--out
B. No coins minted after A.D. 365<this is the ans as after 365 no more coins found> were foundin Kourion, but coins minted before that year were found in abundance

C. Most modern histories of Cyprus mention that an earthquake occured near the island in A.D. 365.<out of scope as what other historians say we do not want to know we only know what is there is the Premise and conclusion>-- out

D. Several small statues carved in styles current in Cyprus in the century between A.D. 300 and 400 were found in Kourion.
<it covers a period after 365 to 400 also> -- out

E. Stone inscriptions in a form of the Greek alphabet that was definitely used in Cyrpus after A.D. 365 were found in Kourion.
<out of scope whatever was used after 365 will never help to strength the ans>-- out

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I too think 'B' would be the answer.
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It's B for me.

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Another Vote for B

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