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Iceman Murder Mystery

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Here's the PBS NOVA episode of the Iceman Murder Mystery we started in class. A few things to look for:

How did Iceman die?
What was prehistoric life like?
Why was the axe so special?



One day about 5,300 years ago a man left a small village in the Italian Alps. He might have been selling flint to other Neolithic settlements on the northern side of the mountains, in what is Austria today. However, his journey took a tragic turn when he got caught in a nasty snow drift and died. In 1991 a couple of hikers came across the body sticking out of a melting glacier and called for help. A group of archaeologists took the body back to the University of Innsbruck in Austria, and "Otzi" became an instant celebrity.

After some intensive studies and examination of the Iceman and his belongings, archaeologists have learned a great deal about the Chalcolithic period of European history. Just try busting that word out at a party: Chalcolithic! It's just a smart word to describe the p…

The Age of an Artifact

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The Age of an Artifact
After reading this article, you should know: ·How archaeologists find out how old an object is ·The difference between relative and absolute dating ·Some scientific methods of absolute dating including: oRadiocarbon dating oTree ring dating oPotassium-argon dating ·What stratigraphy is ·Some examples of commonly found artifacts at dig sites

Historical Evidence

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Historical Evidence: How Historians Learn About the Past
After reading this article, you should know: How historians and archaeologists learn about the pastDifferences between written and non-written sourcesWhat is oral traditionHow historians evaluate sourcesDifferences between primary and secondary sources