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Source: OG

Level: 3

Excavation of the ancient city of Kourion on the island of Cyprus revealed a pattern of debris and collapsed buildings typical of towns devastated by earthquakes. Archaeologists have hypothesized that the destruction was due to a major earthquake known to have occurred near the island in AD 365.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the archaeologists' hypothesis?

  • A Bronze ceremonial drinking vessels that are often found in graves dating from years preceding and following AD 365 were also found in several graves near Kourion.
  • B No coins minted after AD 365 were found in Kourion, but coins minted before that year were found in abundance.
  • C Most modern histories of Cyprus mention that an earthquake occurred near the island in AD 365.
  • D Several small statues carved in styles current in Cyprus in the century between AD 300 and 400 were found in Kourion.
  • E Stone inscriptions in a form of the Greek alphabet that was definitely used in Cyprus after AD 365 were found in Kourion.

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