Anthropology is the study of how different people live. Archaeology is a kind of anthropology that asks questions about how people lived in the past. People have been living in Georgia for more than 11,000 years! They came to Georgia at least 10,000 years before Columbus even set sail.
By finding and studying the sites and artifacts that have been left behind, archaeologists can learn much about Georgia’s first people and the world in which they lived.
Now, use this website to get a closer look at how archaeologists work and how they think. We've prepared three intreractive quizzes that will give you a chance to get beneath the surface and learn more about how archaeologists put together the clues that tell the story of our past.
How is an archaeological site like a peanut butter sandwich? It's all in the layers. Try your hand at deciphering the layers of clues in this profile drawing. Use your sandwich making skills!
Original wattle and daub houses are not still standing from 2,000 years ago. But they have survived! By doing careful, scientific excavation, archaeologists can locate where these homes once stood. Would you make a good archaeologist? Take the quiz!
A big part of understanding what archaeologists do is understanding the terms they use. In this quiz, you'll match the terms on the left with the definitions on the right!
Click here to download a 44-page Acrobat PDF file that contains handouts for a 23-lesson look at Prehistoric Archaeology and Georgia Prehistory, provided by and prepared under the direction of the Georgia Department of Transportation. CAUTION: This is a large, 8.3 MB file, so if you have a low-speed internet connection, it may take a long time to download.
This Nine-page set of handouts (500KB Acrobat PDF file) provide an opportunity to do further web research, and teaches you about Archaeology while building your puzzle-solving, and vocabulary skills.