Through historical investigation we have been able to reveal much about the past that may have remained a mystery. Historical investigation involves many different steps to properly conclude a reasonable hypothesis.
The steps required to be taken to complete a historical investigation include:

1. Creating a theory or hypothesis
A historian will create a hypothesis that they wish to test against the evidence. It will be a statement that can be researched by historians and has archaeological and written sources that can be analyzed to come to a conclusion on their hypothesis

2. Collecting evidence
Next the historian will collect all the evidence they can find on the time period and the subject. These can be written or archaeological sources relevant to the time period and subject being investigated. This evidence is to be analysed and put into context.

3. Analyzing the evidence
The evidence found is then analysed to see if it is relevant to the subject being investigated. The evidence needs to be check to spot if it is bias towards a certain society or group to prevent any unreliable information being put into the conclusion.

4. Reach a conclusion
The historian will then continue to form a conclusion from the evidence that was found to be relevant, non-bias and reliable.   This conclusion is the historians opinion and not to be considered fact.

This method of historical investigation is commonly used amongst historians. Historians may also require the help of archaeologists. Hurley et al. (2008 pg. 3) states that “Archaeologists examine the physical remains, called artefacts, include things that have been made or altered by humans.” This means that archaeologist examine artefacts and anything that was made or altered by humans, this includes buildings tombs jewellery, pottery, pottery, weapons and household objects. The archaeologists are the ones who find the written sources for the historians to study.

The way historical investigation has...