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Archaeology Quick Quiz

Next week, we will have an archaeology quick quiz. Most of the material on the quiz comes from the archaeology notes, particularly the Essential Questions, chart called  Understanding History, the vocabulary, and Dating the Information and "How Old Is Old" readings.

Students should be prepared to answer the following questions.
Feel free to answer any one of them in the 'Comments" section below! 

1. What kinds of sources do historians use to learn about the past?
   *Give examples of both written and non-written sources.
   *What does B.A.R.R.F. stand for?

2. What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?
   *Give an example of each type of written source.

3. How are the layers (strata) of an archaeological dig set up?
   *Why are the layers set up in this way? (Older material is deeper, new stuff closer to surface)

4. What is cultural diffusion?
   *How are ideas spread from one culture to another?
   *Give examples of ideas from one culture that have …

Archaeology Unit Vocabulary

This month we will be starting our Cluster 3 archaeological dig!

Here are the vocab words and definitions. You should have these on either the Quizlet app or on index cards.

Archaeology Vocabulary
Get ready to dig…Like in the DIRT!!

Archaeology is the study of past civilizations by examining artifacts and other remains.

An artifact is an object that was made by humans and was used in the past.

An excavation is the careful digging out of a site.

A stratum is a layer of dirt.

“In situ” is a Latin phrase that means “in the place it was found.”

Stratigraphy means removing one layer of dirt at a time.

History is the study of past events.

A primary source is a document written during the same time period as it describes.

A secondary source is a document written at a later date.

Oral tradition is when history is passed down from older people to younger people by storytelling.


Archaeologists at Work: Time Team America

There is a great series from PBS called Time Team America. In it, a group of professional archaeologists, scientists, and technicians travel to an active dig site and help the local archaeologists do their work. They teach about different methods that are used to find and interpret artifacts, how items are dated, and how to reconstruct a past civilization.

In class we watched the PBS show Time Team America all about the archaeological dig at Range Creek, Utah. In class, you started answering questions on your worksheet that go along with the video clip. Be sure you've written these notes on the bottom:
Range Creek, UtahFremont IndiansOver 1000 years ago granary = a place for storing grain
pictograph = a picture that represents an idea
midden = an ancient trash pile

Aside from Time Team America, there was a great article in the August 2006 issue of National Geographic all about the area of Range Creek, including some detailed photos of the petroglyphs (rock art), the granaries, and…