The Distant Past Archaeology
Do Now Take out your vocabulary sheets. What is archaeology? Why might people who do this for a living be careful in their work? (Hint: turn to page 9 of your textbook to look at archeology)
Chapter Objectives In this chapter, you will discover ways in which scientists study the lives of early humans. You will learn how early humans depended on each other and their environment for survival.
Essential Question How do people today learn about the distant past?
Archaeology Studies things earlier people left behind, such as campsites, shelters, other buildings Artifact examples: art, clothing, pottery, tools, weapons Fossil examples: animals and humans Research leads to theories
Excavation Scientists excavate archaeological sites by digging up artifacts and fossils.
Radiocarbon Dating Tells how much carbon remains in something that was once alive.
Activity Write the significance of each of the following tools an archaeologist uses: Notebook Shovel Brush Pick Radiocarbon Dating
Wrap Up List 3 things that you learned today about archaeology