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Life science

The term that encompasses all scientific pursuits related to living organisms

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Archaeology

The study of past human life as revealed by preserved relics

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Artifact

Objects made by people such as tools, weapons, containers, etc.

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Geology

The study of earths history as revealed in the rocks that make up the earth

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Paleontology

The study of life's history as revealed preserved in remains of once living organisms

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Aristotle's dictum

The benefit of the doubt is to be given to the document itself, not assigned by the critic to himself

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Known age

The age of an artifact as determined by a date printed on it or the reference to the artifact in a work of history

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Dendrochronology

The process of counting tree rings to determine the age of the tree

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Radiometric dating

Using a radioactive process to determine the age of an item

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Absolute age

The calculated age of an artifact from a specific dating method that is used to determine when an artifact was made

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The principle of superposition

When artifacts are found in a rock or earth that is layered, the deeper layers hold the older artifacts