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WHAT IS ARCHAEOLOGY?

 

Archaeology is the science of digging up artifacts (like pottery, metals, bones, etc) and using these to find out how people lived a long time ago.  Someone who does archaeology is called an archaeologist.

Archaeologists work all over the world.  They try to figure out the history of many places and time periods. Click here to learn about some other places that archaeologists work.

Most archaeologists have a specialty, meaning that they are most interested in one kind of research.  Some archaeologists choose to work on a specific time period, while others might study bones or pottery. You can read more about the different kinds of specialists on our excavation on the interviews page.

 
 

 

TOOLS FOR ARCHAEOLOGY
These are some of the tools that an archaeologist would use on a dig.  Angus got these out when we were getting reading to dig this summer.

(1: 1 meter scale stick, 2: north arrow, 3: photo board, 4: plastic bags, 5: dustpans, 6: toolkit, 7: small brooms)


 (1: mallet, 2: trowels, 3: string, 4: plumb bob, 5: flagging tape)
 
 
 
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