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Historical Evidence in Your Daily LifeClass Set (Don’t write on!) #

Read the questions below.  You do not need to copy any of the following questions.

1. Think about all the activities you were involved in during the past 24 hours. List as many of these activities as you can remember. (This was your homework.)

Did you create any records of your activities (a diary, notes to yourself, a letter to a friend or relative, an e-mail message, a telephone message)?

Would traces of your activities appear in records someone else created (a friend's diary, notes, or calendar entry; a letter or e-mail from a friend or relative)?

Would traces of your activities appear in school records? in business records (did you write a check or use a charge card)? in the school or local newspaper? in government records (did you get your driver's license or go to traffic court)? a test you have taken? school records? Birth certificate?

Would anyone be able to offer testimony (or oral history) about your activities (who and why)? Trash you have thrown away.

Answer the following questions on the same binder paper in complete sentences.

2. What might be left out of an historical record of your activities? Why?

3. Which of your daily activities were most likely to leave trace evidence behind?

4. What, if any, of that evidence might be preserved for the future? Why?

5. If future archaeologists had the materials above, what could they infer or conclude about your life? What might the materials tell archaeologists about your family, community, region, and/or nation?

6. Now think about a more public event currently happening (a court case, election, public controversy, law being debated), and answer these questions:


What kinds of evidence might this event leave behind?


Who records information about this event?


For what purpose are different records of this event made?

7. Based on this activity, write one sentence that describes how the historical record can be huge and limited at the same time.

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