Definition: Archaeology is the scientific study of human remains and artifacts, including the cultures and behaviors glimpsed from those remains. Previous human societies are examined through the discovery of human fossils and artifacts such as tools, eating utensils, pottery, and jewelry. Also food remains, structures, and ruins are reviewed and used to reconstruct life in the past. Being a field of anthropology, archeology differs in that it concentrates on past societies and the shifts or changes in these societies over epochs of time. The overlap with history is great, however instead of performing investigations on governmental archives, business documents, or personal correspondence, archaeology strictly focuses on those objects found on the ground or within it.
Archaeology was one of my favorite subjects but I had no idea what its total ramifications were when I was in school! Now I can see that all of society should be fully informed of the up and coming, as well as forgotten archeological discoveries. They give us such a lucid glimpse into our past, especially since archaeology doesn’t base its findings on written documents by those in power at the time, but the actual tools and materials that were actually invented and used during that time period.
This is a key ingredient in researching facts on this planet. Here are some of the links that I have accumulated that are affiliated with archaeology and will hopefully lead you to a totally new world of perspectives! They are not all necessarily archaeologists but seem to have a relationship with this field.