How do we know so much about the past? Archaeologists dig it!
Join Amanda the Archaeologist as she travels around the world, learning about different people and cultures. From ancient Egypt to Medieval Europe, Emperor Qin’s Terra-Cotta Army to Cycladic Figurines, or Cahokia to Pompeii, explore the people, places, and things that shaped our world today!
In Can YOU Dig It? Archaeology Lost and Found in the Sands of Time, you will learn all about how archaeologists discover the truth about our human past. Let your archaeologist explore excavations and see real artifacts from around the world and learn what archaeology is, how archaeologists excavate a site, and what we can learn by studying the material culture left behind by people in the past.
With a whole world to explore, maybe your next question will be: “Where will we go next?”
Targeted Age Group:: 8 – 12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I became interested in archaeology at a very young age, having read about places such as Pompeii- a city frozen in time, and about such things as the Antikythera Device- the world's oldest computer! As a teacher myself, I recognize the need to inspire curiosity early, and I hope that this book does just that.
<p>So how does an excavation work? </p><p>It’s kind of like eating a layered cake, and it relates to the Earth’s geologic processes. Imagine you are making a delicious cake with four layers. Which layer do you make first? That’s right – the bottom layer! Then you add some frosting and maybe some sprinkles, then you add the next layer, and continue the process until you finish the cake! You build the cake from the bottom-up. </p><p>The Earth’s geology and layers of human occupation at a site work in the same way! Over millions of years, changing environmental conditions cause different layers of rock and dirt to build upon one another. Over time, we end up with what geologists (earth scientists) call a stratigraphic sequence, or a series of rock layers. </p><p>The oldest layer is found at the bottom of the sequence, while the youngest layer is found at the surface. Each layer tells geologists what the environment was like when it formed. Sites where people have lived over hundreds or thousands of years build in the same way, with the oldest layers of occupation at the bottom of a sequence, and the most recent occupation level at the top. </p><p>Now imagine that you are ready to eat that cake! How do you cut it? From the top down, right? When we excavate, that is exactly what we are doing! Cutting a slice of time through a site from top to bottom, with the most recent events found at the top, and the oldest events at the bottom. </p>
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