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Title: Who Wants to be an Archaeologist


1
Who Wants to be an Archaeologist?
  • Archaeology is scientific.
  • Archaeology is mysterious.
  • Archaeology is exciting.
  • Archaeology is challenging.

2
What is archeology?
  • the study of past human cultures by analyzing the
    material remains (sites and artifacts) that
    people left behind.

3
What is an archeologist?
  • They are like detectives!
  • They discover things in the ground that give us
    clues to the past

4
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

5
Archeological Digging
  • Archeologists lay out a grid system of squares so
    that they can record where they found each
    artifact

6
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.

7
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

8
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!

9
How else do archeologists study the past?
Artifacts
Ancient writing (ex. Hieroglyphics)
Primary sources, Records, Maps
Soil stains
Excavating ruins
Stratigraphy
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