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# From an analysis of broken pottery and statuary,

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13. From an analysis of broken pottery and statuary, archaeologists have estimated that an ancient settlement in southwestern Arabia was established around 1000 B.C. However, new evidence suggests that the settlement is considerably older: tests show that a piece of building timber recently uncovered at the site is substantially older than the pottery and statuary.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn from the new evidence?

(A) The building timber bore marks suggesting that it had been salvaged from an earlier settlement.
(B) The pieces of pottery and fragments of statues that were analyzed come from several parts of the site.
(C) The tests used to determine the age of the pottery and statuary had been devised more recently than those used to determine the age of the building timber.
(D) The site has yielded many more samples of pottery and statuary than of building timber.
(E) The type of pottery found at the site is similar to a type of pottery associated with civilizations that existed before 1000 B.C.
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20 Jun 2005, 12:35
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20 Jun 2005, 21:01
I'll also go with A
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21 Jun 2005, 02:13
def A from me too
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24 Jun 2005, 20:15
The OA is A.
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04 Jul 2005, 08:01
Why A? why not C?
Can anybody explain how A undermines the conculsion?
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04 Jul 2005, 18:45
Hamid,

Here's my explanation:
A: Correct Answer. If the timber was salvaged from another settlement, it indicates that the timber could have been salvaged by the settlers when they moved from their previous location to southwest arabia. Hence, we should not use timber that they salvaged from elsewhere to analyze when the settlers actually settled down in southwest arabia.

C: The reason why C is wrong is that, just because Tests to determine pottery age where determined more recently doesn't quantify it to be more accurate than before. It could as well be less accurate since it is more recent and hasn't been optimized.

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05 Jul 2005, 02:10
Thanks, got it now cheers for ur answer
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Hamid,

Here's my explanation:
A: Correct Answer. If the timber was salvaged from another settlement, it indicates that the timber could have been salvaged by the settlers when they moved from their previous location to southwest arabia. Hence, we should not use timber that they salvaged from elsewhere to analyze when the settlers actually settled down in southwest arabia.

C: The reason why C is wrong is that, just because Tests to determine pottery age where determined more recently doesn't quantify it to be more accurate than before. It could as well be less accurate since it is more recent and hasn't been optimized.

Correct me if I am wrong.
05 Jul 2005, 02:10
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