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An Introduction to Archaeology

Hunt the Ancestor

In pairs complete the online activity. It is important that you consider the following:

Keep a detailed record of all information you acquire. You can take screen prints of the sources you acquire. Keep a record of every decision that you make and how you reached that decision. Explain why you rejected the alternative. Make a note of any disagreement between you and your partner. Keep detailed accounts of all your spending.

Once you have completed the paired activity. Individually get a copy of your detailed record and then answer the following questions on your own. Problems for the archaeologist continued…

  1. What are the advantages of researching in the county records before undertaking an excavation?
  2. How might the archaeologist use old maps?
  3. How useful are aerial photographs to the archaeologist?
  4. What is a geophysical survey?
  5. Why is it impossible to use a trowel and brush on all potential sites?
  6. Why does the analysis of the findings cost more if the pickaxe has been used?
  7. Why does an archaeologist ‘sample’ the site?
  8. How useful are the pickaxe and shovel to the archaeologist?
  9. What can we learn from the skeleton?
  10. In the report, what archaeological techniques are used to discover the following: (a) the age of the skeleton (b) where the buried man was born (c) the age of the man when he died?
  11. Did the man own the pottery and dagger?
  12. Why are snails useful sources for the archaeologist?

Finally, what general advice would you give to someone considering undertaking an archaeological excavation for the first time?