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When archaeology says "a 12th century structure", does it mean the structure EXISTED till 12th century or it was BUILT in 12th century?

This usually means "built in the twelfth century." However, the means of dating are significant here. News reports usually omit that vital detail, and it's necessary to look for more solid ...
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What is this object?

The item appears to me to be a form of sea urchin fossil. You can see a similar appearing one here which also was found in Hampshire England. Another here from the museum in Reading shows the overall ...
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How is robustness measured in history and archaeology?

My understanding is that levels of evidence have mainly been relevant for the health sector, where mistakes in widely-published recommendations, guidelines etc. can easily cost thousands of lives. Of ...
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How is robustness measured in history and archaeology?

There isn't a meaningful quantified measure that historians in general would recognize. A nice little article by Carl Kaeste explains this pretty well. Historians borrow criteria from other ...
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How tall was an average person in ancient Israel?

We don't really know. I've tried looking for sources, but people online will tell you anything from a seemingly puny 5'1" to a more reasonable 5'5". There's no lack of guesses here, but we ...
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What is the likelihood that significant unearthed prehistoric settlements exist beneath cities with continuous habitation?

Before this question gets closed (again): What is the likelihood that significant unearthed prehistoric settlements exist beneath cities with continuous habitation? Very likely People are creatures ...
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