History Skills 02
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History Skills 02

This KS3 quiz looks at history skills. Some history skills invove researching in libraries and other places where written records may be found. Where very little written evidence is available e.g. for people living way back in the stone ages, the bronze age or the iron age, different skills are required. That is where historians called archaeologists are needed. They dig into the ground to find artefacts that give clues as to what was happening where they are digging long ago in the past. They don't just dig at random, there are usually lots of clues which suggest that there is an archaeological site there. Sometimes, archaeological sites are discovered by accident e.g. during building works.

When they have found sufficient artefacts, archaeologists can then interpret what they have found. They suggest a hypothesis as to how the people they are studying lived their lives. Excavation of more recent sites can also be carried out in order to supply evidence that supports written sources. Where a historic site has been occupied through many different periods of history, they can produce a timeline in order to show the events in the order that they occurred.

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  1. Historians use what to show events in order?
    A timeline is very useful to help remember and understand the events in a specific area
  2. Which of these is the correct chronological order?
    Periods of history are usually named after the ruling house or a specific ruler e.g. Queen Victoria or King George
  3. Objects as evidence are known as what?
    Artefacts can be things like coins, bones, pottery or jewellery
  4. What is a hypothesis?
    The key word here is possible. A hypothesis will usually evolve and change as time passes and new evidence is found, or if old evidence is examined and looked at from a different point of view
  5. Which period of history came immediately before the Middle Ages?
    The Dark Ages were approximately 600-1000 AD
  6. What term means a source produced after an event?
    These are sometimes produced by researching primary sources and other secondary sources
  7. What is an anachronism?
    e.g. a Roman soldier with an AK47 rifle
  8. Someone who excavates historical sites is called what?
    They excavate a site very carefully using fine brushes and trowels so that they don't break something they find or miss anything important. The location of every 'find' is carefully added to a map of the excavation site
  9. Which of these is not a primary source?
    The article was written long after the event, based on other sources
  10. A historian may be said to do what with evidence?
    Different historians may interpret the same evidence in different ways

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