15 Facts About Archaeology


Archaeology can be considered both a social science and a branch of the humanities.

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Archaeology is distinct from palaeontology, which is the study of fossil remains.

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Archaeology is particularly important for learning about prehistoric societies, for which, by definition, there are no written records.

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Archaeology has various goals, which range from understanding culture history to reconstructing past lifeways to documenting and explaining changes in human societies through time.

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Archaeology has been used by nation-states to create particular visions of the past.

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Archaeology was the first to date an archaeological artifact in his attempt to date Naram-Sin's temple during his search for it.

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Archaeology noted down his archaeological discoveries in his diary, Commentaria .

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Archaeology was ahead of his time in the analysis of his findings.

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Archaeology attempted to chart the chronological stylistic evolution of handwriting, medieval architecture, costume, and shield-shapes.

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Archaeology was one of the founders of scientific archaeology and first applied the categories of style on a large, systematic basis to the history of art.

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Archaeology was one of the first to separate Greek art into periods and time classifications.

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Archaeology undertook excavations in Wiltshire from around 1798, funded by Sir Richard Colt Hoare.

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Archaeology's approach was highly methodical by the standards of the time, and he is widely regarded as the first scientific archaeologist.

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Archaeology was responsible for mentoring and training a whole generation of Egyptologists, including Howard Carter who went on to achieve fame with the discovery of the tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun.

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Archaeology can be a subsidiary activity within Cultural resources management, called Cultural heritage management in the United Kingdom.

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