Science College, General Science Dept
Welcome to my class on Archaeology. I hope you will enjoy the topic and discover the fascinating world of archaeology.
by Razzmatazz Poisson
What is Archaeology?
Archaeology is the scientific study of peoples of the past, their culture and their relationship with their environment. The purpose of archaeology is to understand how these earlier humans interacted with their surroundings and to preserve this history for present and future learning.
Archaeology examines all aspects of human life including how they lived, how they worshipped, what they built or made, what materials they used, their art, their trades, and their travels. Archaeology provides us with the prehistory of people, before the beginnings of written records.
Archaeologists do not study dinosaurs. They only study past human life. Dinosaurs roamed the Earth long before humans existed. Scientists who specialize in the study of dinosaurs are called Paleontologists.
What does an Archaeologist do?
Archaeologists work together with other archaeologists, students and other interested volunteers. Some archaeologists are employed by a university or museum. An archaeologist is like a detective, investigating bits and pieces of evidence in order to reconstruct the lives of the people in that region. An archaeologist looks for clues to learn how past cultures lived so we can more about how today's humans live and adapt to their environment.
Archaeologists start their work at a dig site that they think will be the site of a previous culture. This is where they meticulously dig and shift through the layers of the ground looking for any evidence of human existence. This is what is called excavation and is what we think of when we envision archaeologist at work. This is only a small element of the archaeological process.
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