New to Archaeology?

Want to know more? This section will tell you a little bit about what archaeology is and how we use it to tell us about the past.


Want to know more? This section will tell you a little bit about what archaeology is and how we use it to tell us about the past.

The word archaeology comes from Ancient Greek, and it means the study of the past. Archaeologists spend a lot of time digging things up to try and find things from the past which can tell us about how people lived. We don’t find dinosaur bones, because they are buried too deep in the ground, but we do find lots of other things – like pottery, bones and even the remains of buildings! We study the things that we find and try to learn as much as we can about them so that we can find out about the people who made them and used them. Old pottery might tell us about what people used, how they made it, and even where they got it from. If we find lots of posh jewellery then we might be able to guess that the people living here were quite rich. Even animal bones might tell us about what animals people kept and why they kept them – for example if cows were being kept to make beef or for milk and dairy products. We know that life in the past was very different to the way we live now, and we try to use the archaeological evidence to try and show how our lives have changed.


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