Artifacts can most simply be described as things made by people rather than things formed by nature. Scientists have found that one of the best ways to learn about the lives and cultures of people living at different periods of history is through the study of the artifacts they left behind. This study of ancient civilizationsí artifacts led to archaeology as we know it today.
Archaeologists have discovered treasures that are worth a great deal of money. Even more important, many of these finds have given valuable insights into the development of world history. Some excavations have even uncovered entire lost civilizations.
Point to Ponder
What influence have computers and other modern means of gathering and organizing information had on archaeology?
Project to Pursue
Make a list of six artifacts you would leave behind for scientists to use to study your society. Write a brief paragraph telling your reason for the selections.