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Archaeology is a very exciting field, telling us where we came from by telling us where we've been. Archaeology is more than bones and dust; it is the whole history of men and women, animals and plants.


Basic Archaeology: What's a Dig?
An archaeology project is called a dig. Why? Because archaeologists dig a lot to find what they're looking for. Find out more about the digging process in this helpful, easy-to-read article.

Basic Archaeology: What's a Midden?
The technical term is midden. What archaeologists are really doing when they sift through a midden is looking through someone else's trash.

Ancient India: Super Trade Center
Recent excavations at an Egyptian port prove that trade between the Roman Empire and India was far more extensive than was previously thought.

Ancient Capital to Be Flooded
The ancient city of Ashur, capital of the powerful Assyrian Empire, will soon be flooded to make more water available for today's Iraqi settlers and farmers. Is this the right thing to do? Archaeologists and historians face this kind of question nearly every day.

Exciting New Find: A Jurassic Mammal
Scientists have found a very old fossil of a mammal in South America. This mammal lived 170 million years ago. Why is this important? Because they didn't think mammals were living there that far back in time. It's another example of how if you keep digging, you can always find new theories.

The Fun of Archaeology: Making New Discoveries
The discovery of a very old civilization at Caral, in Peru, brings to light an often overlooked part of studying archaeology: Sometimes, what you find causes you to throw long-established theories right out the window.

How Were Dinosaurs Like People?
Scientists now think that dinosaurs lived somewhat like people did and do, in terms of family life and community interaction.

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