How%20Do%20We%20Know%20%2828%20August%202007%29 - HISTORY...

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H ISTORY 140/141 * F ALL 2007 C AROL S YMES Tuesday, 28 August How Do We Know? Oral History, Archeology, Inscriptions, and Environmental Evidence M AIN Q UESTIONS A DDRESSED (I F YOU CAN T ANSWER THESE , YOU WEREN T PAYING ATTENTION !) Q : What do historians do? How do they figure out what happened in the past? Q: How do we interpret the evidence for what happened ? What constitutes evidence? How do we asses that evidence? *What is it? *Who made it? *Why? * Where? *When? What does that assessment tell us? Q: What’s going to be on the exam? T ERMS I NTRODUCED IN L ECTURE ( ALL ARE FAIR GAME FOR THE EXAM ! ) primary sources, secondary sources Mesopotamia (Greek: potamos , “river” ~ “between the rivers”) chronology (Greek: chronos + logos = “time + study”) facts (Latin: facta, “things done”) dates (Latin: data, “things established”) circa (Latin: “around”) archeology (Greek: archaios + logos = “old, leftover things” + “discourse”) mythology (Greek:
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2010 for the course HIST 141 taught by Professor Crowston during the Fall '06 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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