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What can historians learn about a culture by studying the objects, art, and documents it has left behind? You must use specific examples from your study of India to support your points. You should also make conjectures about what might be learned from sources not consulted in the previous lessons, such as paintings, architecture, etc.
Historians can make educated guesses about the religion and cultural aspects of a culture from their sculptures and other art forms. If they left written documents, we know that at least a few people were literate. Often they've left records of their laws, religious practices, and leading government leaders. Documents also record economic transactions, literature, and mythology. Historians also learn about the diets by studying the seeds and animal bones in middens.