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The Levant—the area that borders the eastern Mediterranean-was heavily

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The Levant—the area that borders the eastern Mediterranean-was heavily populated in prehistoric times. The southern Levant was abandoned about 6,000 years ago, although the northern Levant, which shared the same climate, remained heavily populated. Recently archaeologists have hypothesized that the sudden depopulation in the southern Levant was due to an economic collapse resulting from deforestation.

If the statements above are true and the archaeologists’ hypothesis is correct, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The sheep and goats herded by the peoples of the southern Levant until 6,000 years ago grazed extensively on the seedlings and saplings of indigenous tree species.

(B) Trees were used in the production of lime plaster, a building material used extensively throughout the southern Levant until 6,000 year ago.

(C) Organic remains from the northern Levant reliably indicate that tree species flourished there without interruption during the period when the southern Levant was being abandoned.

(D) Carbon dating of organic remains from the southern Levant reliably demonstrates that there were no forests present in that area prior to 6,000 years ago.

(E) Since there are few traces of either quarried stone or of mud brick in buildings excavated in the southern Levant, it is likely that the buildings built there prior to 6,000 years ago were made almost entirely of timber.

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Imo D the strongest contender.
Rest all can be true due to one reason or another.


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Option D. It's confirmed through carbon dating that there were no forests present prior to 6000 years ago, and the confirmation cannot be true if South levant was abandoned only 6000 years ago.

Option E is the next contender, but the problem with E is the uncertainty projected by the answer choice. "It is likey" is never a strong option.

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Can someone explain why C is wrong?
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Option D. It's confirmed through carbon dating that there were no forests present prior to 6000 years ago, and the confirmation cannot be true if South levant was abandoned only 6000 years ago.

Option E is the next contender, but the problem with E is the uncertainty projected by the answer choice. "It is likey" is never a strong option.

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Doesn't E indicate that deforestation occured as buildings, likely, were made of timber?
if we are to infer that they used timber prior to the period of 6000 ago, and that usage led to deforestation, can't B also be a contender?
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nurba92 wrote:
suryaaparna wrote:
Option D. It's confirmed through carbon dating that there were no forests present prior to 6000 years ago, and the confirmation cannot be true if South levant was abandoned only 6000 years ago.

Option E is the next contender, but the problem with E is the uncertainty projected by the answer choice. "It is likey" is never a strong option.

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Doesn't E indicate that deforestation occured as buildings, likely, were made of timber?
if we are to infer that they used timber prior to the period of 6000 ago, and that usage led to deforestation, can't B also be a contender?


Hi nurba92,
We need a statement that CANNOT be true.
(D) Carbon dating of organic remains from the southern Levant reliably demonstrates that there were no forests present in that area prior to 6,000 years ago.-- If there were no forests present in the southern Levant, then how can an economic collapse be caused by deforestation? Statement D contradicts the last statement of the prompt.

Recently archaeologists have hypothesized that the sudden depopulation in the southern Levant was due to an economic collapse resulting from deforestation.

Hope this helps! :)
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nurba92 wrote:
suryaaparna wrote:
Option D. It's confirmed through carbon dating that there were no forests present prior to 6000 years ago, and the confirmation cannot be true if South levant was abandoned only 6000 years ago.

Option E is the next contender, but the problem with E is the uncertainty projected by the answer choice. "It is likey" is never a strong option.

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Doesn't E indicate that deforestation occured as buildings, likely, were made of timber?
if we are to infer that they used timber prior to the period of 6000 ago, and that usage led to deforestation, can't B also be a contender?


Hi nurba92,
We need a statement that CANNOT be true.
(D) Carbon dating of organic remains from the southern Levant reliably demonstrates that there were no forests present in that area prior to 6,000 years ago.-- If there were no forests present in the southern Levant, then how can an economic collapse be caused by deforestation? Statement D contradicts the last statement of the prompt.

Recently archaeologists have hypothesized that the sudden depopulation in the southern Levant was due to an economic collapse resulting from deforestation.

Hope this helps! :)


thank you, skywalker, and thank you for your CR post
I just wanted to know how E is a contender
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