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Archaeology: Glossary

A

aerial photographs
Pictures taken from the air such as from an airplane or helicopter
archaeologists
Scientists who study prehistoric people
archaeology
The science of prehistoric people
artifacts
Man-made objects that give clues to how people lived

C

culture
Behaviors and beliefs of a given group of people

D

dig
The place where archaeologists find artifacts, fossils, or evidence of previous life
documents
Any written item

E

eco-facts
Facts found that are related to the ecology
environments
All things that are a part of the life of any living thing - food, habitat, other animals, weather, etc.
erosion
The movement of soil or rock
excavate
To remove or dig out
excrement
Body waste

F

fragments
parts

M

midden
A garbage pile
mounds
Pile of soil or rock

P

pottery
Dishware - usually made of clay

R

ruins
Remains of a building or settlement
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