What Can We Learn from Artifacts?

What Can We Learn from Artifacts?


What do we know about how our ancestors lived and how do we know it? Use the resources on your What Can We Learn from Artifacts student esheet to help you learn about archaeologists and their study of artifacts.

National Geographic Videos

Name some of the artifacts that were found by the archaeologists.


How were the artifacts found?


What are some of the processes that the archaeologists use to uncover the artifacts?


What are some of the tools that they use?


In the "Archaeology with Kate" video, what did Kate think the artifact was? Do you agree? Do you have your own ideas for what it could be?



If Trash Could Talk

What items in someone's trash could tell us what the person might look like (physical characteristics)?


What items in the trash could tell us something about the person's behavior?



Dirt Detective

Where are the oldest layers of soil and where are the youngest?


What are post holes? What can they tell us about an archaeological site?


What types of artifacts do you see in the different layers?


Why do we see different artifacts in different layers?


What might happen to some of the artifacts in the newer layers over time?


Which ones might hold up over time?


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