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Archaeology 101

The science of archaeology (also spelled archeology) originated in the 19th century of Western society, although its roots are deep in antiquity. The study of archaeology is the study our human past, beginning with our immediate ancestors the Australopithecines, and continuing down to yesterday's garbage. Doing archaeology requires a set of methods, including but not limited to excavation and laboratory work; and archaeologists are employed in museums, universities, businesses, and state historical societies all over the world.

The following is a brief guide to the study of archaeology, and how you can learn about it here.


The ultimate goal of the study of archaeology is to add to the understanding of World, sort of a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Planet Earth division (and 'mostly harmless' won't work).

History of Archaeology

Archaeology has a long and checkered history; this short course will give you some insight into how we got where we are today.

Archaeology Methods

In the Methods section of About's Introduction to Archaeology, you'll find how archaeologists come up with dates for objects and sites, what an archaeological survey is, and what needs to be done before you excavate.
ToolsCareers in Archaeology
Want to know what options there are for a career in archaeology? Here's the place to start.

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