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


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