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U.S. History Topics » Other History & Soc Studies » Anthropology

Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists

introduces students to archaeology -- the study of material remains to learn about past human experiences. This lesson (Grades 3-8) discusses various challenges of an archaeologist: locating a site that will yield clues about the people who once lived there, conducting excavations, and more. Students identify "artifacts" from a contemporary setting, describe the function of each artifact, identify methods for dating soil layers, and interpret soil profiles. (Smithsonian Institution)

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An open-area excavation (Big Bend Reservoir, South Dakota)

Digging in the dirt


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