The Science of Archaeology
The science of archaeology is much more than just the search for
artifacts. Archaeologists seek all sources of information about past human behavior
in order to learn about individual cultures in the past, and about human culture in
general. Some of this information does come from artifacts, but such objects are
only truly valuable as sources of information within their original context, surrounded by
all the other clues about their original use and function within a living human culture.
Even such things as unassuming as stains in the soil, or tiny fragments of charred
wood or seeds, or soil filled with microscopic pollen grains, can provide important
evidence for past lifeways. The resources below will provide visitors with an
introduction to what archaeology is, and what archaeologists do.
~ An Archaeology Primer