Friday, October 7, 2016

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:
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 the tools and weapons found there.


Explore some of the videos on their "Field School" site:
 
http://www.pbs.org/opb/timeteam/

Watch an episode of the show from Fort James, South Dakota:

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