historical source


Historical source (also known as historical material or historical data) is an original source that contains important historical information. These sources are something that inform us about history at the most basic level, and these sources used as clues in order to study history Historical sources include
documents A document is a writing, written, drawing, drawn, presented, or memorialized representation of thought, often the manifestation of nonfiction, non-fictional, as well as fictional, content. The word originates from the Latin ''Documentum'', which ...
, artifacts,
archaeological sites An archaeological site is a place (or group of physical sites) in which evidence of past activity is preserved (either prehistoric or historic or contemporary), and which has been, or may be, investigated using the discipline of archaeology ...

archaeological sites
features Feature may refer to: Computing * Feature (CAD), could be a hole, pocket, or notch * Feature (computer vision), could be an edge, corner or blob * Feature (software design) is an intentional distinguishing characteristic of a software item ( ...
. oral transmissions, stone inscriptions, paintings, recorded sounds, images (photographs, motion picture), and oral history. Even ancient
relic In religion, a relic is an object or article of religious significance from the past, it usually consists of the physical remains of a saint or the personal effects of the saint or venerated person preserved for purposes of veneration as a tangib ...

s and
ruins Ruins () are the remains of a civilization  A civilization (or civilisation) is a complex society A complex society is a concept that is shared by a range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, history and sociology to d ...

, broadly speaking, are historical sources. primary sources ,secondary sources,tertiary sources are types of sources


Material source

The natural
characters, the orographic and hydrographic structures, human interventions, buildings, infrastructures,
archaeological Archaeology or archeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis Analysis is the process of breaking a complexity, complex topic or Substance theory, substance into smaller parts in order to gain a better underst ...

finds, are "material sources that illustrate the uses and settlement forms of the
past The past is the set of all events Event may refer to: Gatherings of people * Ceremony, an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion * Convention (meeting), a gathering of individuals engaged in some common interest * Event ...

. The literary descriptions, the artistic images, the
cartographic Cartography (; from Greek language, Greek χάρτης ''chartēs'', "papyrus, sheet of paper, map"; and γράφειν ''graphein'', "write") is the study and practice of making and using maps. Combining science, aesthetics, and technique, ca ...
testimonies, are verbal or iconic sources able to provide other information, dictated by the historical subject who produced them. The historiographic synthesis project should bring together the different categories of sources, in the effort of a multidisciplinary investigation".C. Tosco, ''Il paesaggio come storia'', Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007, p. 115 (ed. digit.: 2008, doi: 10.978.8815/140111, ''capitolo quinto: Per una storia dei paesaggi'', doi chapter: 10.1401/9788815140111/c5).

Secondary source

Oral Sources

People heard different kinds of knowledge, learnt it and passed it on from generation to generation.

See also

* Historical document * Archive *Classical sources *European sources

External links

What are Historical Sources? - University of Cambridge Faculty of History


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