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Who Wants to be an Archaeologist?. Archaeology is scientific . Archaeology is mysterious . Archaeology is exciting . Archaeology is challenging . What is archeology?. the study of past human cultures by analyzing the material remains (sites and artifacts) that people left behind. .

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who wants to be an archaeologist

Who Wants to be an Archaeologist?

Archaeology is scientific.

Archaeology is mysterious.

Archaeology is exciting.

Archaeology is challenging.

what is archeology
What is archeology?
  • the study of past human cultures by analyzing the material remains (sites and artifacts) that people left behind.
what is an archeologist
What is an archeologist?
  • They are like detectives!
  • They discover things in the ground that give us clues to the past
how do archaeologists study the past
How do archaeologists study the past?
  • They dig into the ground to find artifacts
  • Digging into the ground to uncover artifacts is called excavation
  • Artifacts are objects found in the ground that give clues to the past
  • Over 500,000 artifacts were found at the site of Jamestown
archeological digging
Archeological Digging
  • Archeologists lay out a grid system of squares so that they can record where they found each artifact
excavation diggin deep
Excavation: Diggin’ Deep!
  • Digging into the ground to uncover artifacts is called excavation
  • Excavation destroys an archeological place, so archeologists are very careful about how and where they dig.
what do they do once they find artifacts
What do they do once they find artifacts?
  • They record where and when they found it
  • They photograph the artifact
  • Artifacts are washed, numbered, catalogued into a computer, and carefully stored
artifacts
Artifacts
  • Archaeologists rarely find whole objects buried in the ground.
  • Archaeologists usually uncover broken pieces of pottery and glass, among many other objects. 
  • Archeology is like a big puzzle!
how else do archeologists study the past
How else do archeologists study the past?

Artifacts

Ancient writing (ex. Hieroglyphics)

Primary sources, Records, Maps

Soil stains

Excavating ruins

Stratigraphy