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What do archaeologists DO?

Asked by ADN, 16 Feb '11 05:00 pm
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Archaeologists are not the romantic Indiana Jones type, for the most part. They are also not paleontologists who dig up dinosaurs. The only buried animals archaeologists would find pertinent to their study are domesticated animals, or animals that made up part of an ancient cultures food source.

Work done on a dig site can be at times painstakingly slow. Soils have to be analyzed a small amount at a time to find any remnants of an older culture. Soils are usually filtered and might turn up half of an old tool or a fragment of bone. These finds are then carbon dated to determine their age. Often digs are initiated when a tiny artifact is found, suggesting that there may be additional artifacts in a particular area.

On digs, archaeologists usually excavate material in 10 by 10 foot squares. Digging must be done carefully to not destroy buried structures or smaller artifacts. Early archaeologists had the unfortunate habit of completely destroying everything they excavated by overdi ...more
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Answered by OBERoi, 16 Feb '11 05:03 pm

 
  
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Archaeologists do much more than 'dig' Archaeologists in federal, tribal and state government agencies are responsible for managing, protecting and interpreting archaeological sites on public land. Working in museums, archaeological parks, or historic sites, archaeologists may manage collections of artifacts, work in education or public programming, or become administrators that manage programs relating to research, collections, education, and exhibitions
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As far as I know, Archaeologists do much more than 'dig' Archaeologists in federal, tribal and state government agencies are responsible for managing, protecting and interpreting archaeological sites on public land. Working in museums, archaeological parks, or historic sites, archaeologists may manage collections of artifacts, work in education or public programming, or become administrators that manage programs relating to research, collections, education, and exhibitions.
Answered by Motu, 25 Nov 04:57 pm

 
  
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Archaeologists do much more than 'dig' Archaeologists in federal, tribal and state government agencies are responsible for managing, protecting and interpreting archaeological sites on public land. Working in museums, archaeological parks, or historic sites, archaeologists may manage collections of artifacts, work in education or public programming, or become administrators that manage programs relating to research, collections, education, and exhibitions.
Answered by zohra imam, 16 Feb '11 05:07 pm

 
  
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