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Many archaeologists assume that large-scale engineering projects in ancient societies required an elite class to plan and direct the necessary labor. However, recent discoveries, such as the excavation of an ancient canal near the Gulf Coast of Alabama, have complicated this picture. Using radiocarbon dating, a team of researchers concluded that the 1.39-kilometer-long canal was most likely constructed between 576 and 650 CE by an Indigenous society that was relatively free of social classes.

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It describes a common view among archaeologists, then discusses a recent finding that challenges that view.


It outlines a method used in some archaeological fieldwork, then explains why an alternative method is superior to it.


It presents contradictory conclusions drawn by archaeologists, then evaluates a study that has apparently resolved that contradiction.


It identifies a gap in scientific research, then presents a strategy used by some archaeologists to remedy that gap.

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