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Excavation

Archaeology is the science that seeks to learn about past humans and their culture from the material remains that were left behind. Archaeology is not "treasure hunting," and involves much more than just finding and digging up those material remains or artifacts. Archaeologists try to tease out as much information as possible about the past from a small sample of sometimes poorly preserved or fragmentary material objects. Modern archaeologists may spend three or more times longer in the lab than they do in the field-trying to discover the meaning behind the artifacts they have found. This website will explore the whole process of archaeology, from the initial research and logistics to the final analyses and interpretations that bring the past to life.

And archaeologists don't dig dinosaurs. Paleontologists deal with the past and fossils where no humans are involved.

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This project was funded by a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Mathematics and Science Program Partnership Grant.

 
 
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*MVAC Educational Programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
*This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.