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Could you explain why (D) is incorrect? Many thanks!
coralconsulting77 wrote:The reason I underscore dug, is that although the argument is about the source of where the gold may be, and that there may be a reason why the gold also came from another source simply by tapping into an underground reservoir I also believe this answer largely hinges on the word dug, because the assumption that the source was from elsewhere is a pretty broad assumption, however, that combined with casting doubt on the way the gold was accessed does weaken the conclusion.Coralconsulting, on this point I don't think it was important to notice the word "dug." What was critical was realizing that (A) indicated that gold from that vein supplied riverbeds with lots of gold, providing an alternative source for gold with the same characteristics. Doesn't matter then whether it is dug up or sifted out, because it's not from the mine.
If we conclude that the source was dug from the ancient mine, yet we know that the gold from the ancient mine was cast into nearby riverbeds it weakens the likelihood that the gold was DUG from the nearby mine. Suggesting that gold may be in a riverbed nearby suggests that there may have been alternative means of acquiring the gold.
coralconsulting77 wrote:B is wrong because it is a strengthener, it bridges the gap between the mine and the artifactsOn these, it is fair to say that B and C plausibly strengthen the argument. D is a big stretch, although you are correct about the possibility it allows. E is just irrelevant, unless we're told that the artifacts were found far from the mine.
C is wrong because, if anything, the mine being operated before the construction suggests that the gold could have been extracted at that point and as such rules out an alternative temporal cause, thus strengthening it.
D is wrong because gold artifacts being constructed from earlier artifacts does nothing to weaken the argument, if anything, we can conclude that the gold has been old and recycled, two reasons which support that the gold is old and has been in use for ancient artifacts.
E The transportation of gold to ancient faraway destinations definitely strengthens the connection.