What is Archeology?

Archaeology is a fascinating area of study. How else could we assess where we are today without having understood what came before us?

Archeology is the scientific study of the way that people lived in past cultures, based on the artefacts that they have left behind. It reveals a culture's shared way of life, people’s language, religion, technology and values.

Archaeologists study past cultures by examining objects made, used, or changed by human beings over time. These objects become an artifact, lost by one human being, found by another and shared with others. Artefacts are usually found in the ground and over time soil builds up and buries them. Archaeologists carefully dig in the dirt to discover and reveal precious artefacts in pre-historic and historic archaeological sites around the world.