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What does an archaeologist do?

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What does an archaeologist do? An archaeologist reconstructs the past by studying buildings and objects that have survived. Sometimes historical remains are astonishingly well preserved, for example the Roman cities of Pompei and Herculaneum which were overwhelmed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Many tiny aspects of Roman life were preserved, including graffiti on the walls. Such perfect preservation is very rare.

Archaeologists usually need to make a painstaking reconstruction, carefully excavating the remains of ruined buildings. Sometimes only the post-holes of a wooden building are left, but even they can provide useful dues about the type of building. The oldest archaeological remains come from the Stone Age.

The remains of flint tools and weapons have survived, together with bones that show which animals were hunted and eaten.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 03 January '12


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