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Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean.
Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.
The author has concluded that the woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern, which were believed to have been made only by the Palean people, were not uniquely Palean. He has offered the evidence that recently archaeologists discovered "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea, which is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found.
However, the evidence offered is not sufficient. Although no Palean boats were found it is very much possible that the Palean might have used the boat made by other people than Palean. It is also possible that the Palean might have made the Palean boat, which could not have been discovered by the archaeologists so far as it might have been destroyed over the time or the archaeologists had nor reached to the place where the remains of the boat are there.
The author has also based on the conclusion on the facts that Brim River is very deep and broad and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed only by boat. It is possible that the Brim River was not so deep and broad in the past and the Palean people was able to cross the river in their time. It is also possible that the Brim river was not there at all at that time. The author has also ignored the fact that Palean people might be very good swimmer and could have crossed easily.
The author has also ignored the possibility that fact that people of the village Lithos might have come to Palean village and had taken the Woven baskets made by palean. This is possible as the author has not mentioned anything about the Lithos boat in his statement.
The author should have strengthened the statement by giving the facts that Brim river was ery deep and broad at the time of Palean people and Palean people was not good swimmer to cross the river. The statement would also have been strengthened by the fact that there was no evidence of use of any boat by the Palean. The evidence that it was not possible for Lithos to come to Palean village and carry the woven basket with them would also have strengthen the conclusion.