Archaeologists and Artifacts

25 Aug

This playlist features information on archaeologists, artifacts and a nice video by Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
Comment: What do archaeologists do? After reading sections 1 – 2 (‘Finding Clues to the Past’ and ‘The Search for Early Humans’) tell us why you think studying early people is so hard for archaeologists. Tell us something new you learned from any of these video clips?

43 Responses to “Archaeologists and Artifacts”

  1. GUILLAUME :-) August 26, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I learned that archaeologists don’t use a shovel to dig, they are much more careful.


    • Mr. Martin September 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      True! Do you know what kind of tools they use?


  2. Luis August 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I think it is hard for Archaeologists to study the past because many things will be gone after 2 million years.


  3. Sai August 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    It is important because the archaeologists might want to know about their early life and learn about it. I also want to learn about my family life. I learned in the videos that Archaeologists go all around the world to find evidence or clues to see how the early life was like in B.C.


  4. JaehoonJeong August 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Archaeologists are people who study and find evidence about early humans. They also study cultures and how people lived.


  5. Prannoy August 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Archaeologists don’t just look at books, they search a little area called a dig site. With scientists they can find out how long ago the artifact was in the ground. Sometimes they can even find out when the artifact was made. They also try to find a different civilizations with the help of scientists. It’s hard for a archaeologist due to that most of what they find is shattered or broken is some way, making one dig site search even longer that expected. I learned that


    • Prannoy August 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

      I learned that archaeologists don’t stay in the library for a long time, most of the time is spent in a dig site.


      • Mr. Martin September 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

        Good comments, Prannoy. Well-written and detailed. Have you ever wondered what archaeologists would learn about you if they went through your garbage in 100 years?


  6. Vinay Rao August 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I think studying early people must be very hard for archaeologists because they have to be very observant and they have to make a theory of how early people lived, just by observing a tiny piece leftover from an ancient pot or any other archaeological fossil. I learned that sometimes fossils can break during transport.


    • Mrs. Hall September 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Yes, I agree with you Vinay. Often they don’t have much evidence to work with.


  7. Mutsumi Furuhashi August 27, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Archaeologists find some clues of ancient people to find out what they are doing. I learn that ancient people’s fossil can find from every where and small fossil and part of tool can be a clues too.


  8. Aisyah >3 August 27, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Archaeologists study past cultures through artifacts, or items which people have made, used or modified~ ^^

    Have a good day guys!


  9. SooYoun August 27, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Archaeologist finds about rocks and minerals , and study them.


  10. Vikram August 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Archaeology is a unique job!I actually might consider this as a future career.Or I could take it up as a hobby.


  11. Alexandre August 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Archaeologists search for ancient or not that ancient artifacts to learn more about the past and and they do that by searching in the ground. They also search in books to see where the artifacts were builted to go dig them up. Also, I think that it is hard to be an archaeologist because you are in the sun digging all day long and it is also hard to find the just right book to know where to dig. I learned that when an artifact is broken, and the archaeologists have all the pieces, they clean it properly and they can remake it but it would not be perfect.


    • Mr. Martin September 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Well-written comment, Alexandre. I don’t think it’s an easy job as you said, especially if you are digging in difficult climates or conditions. Obviously, they are passionate about ther job and love it. For some people, they might find this boring.


  12. Lucie August 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    First of all, these are good videos. Secondly I think being an archeologist is not a very easy job because sometimes you have to go to countries where it is hot to dig to find objects. And also in the dirty spots. You really have to like to dig in hard condition,s if you really wish to be an archaeologist or you really have to love being one. I learned what archaeologists do after digging, where they put the stuff they found under the ground…….


  13. Megan August 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I did not know that most of what they found was broken.


  14. Samara August 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Archaeologist’s find evidence about the past.They study artifacts. I think it is hard for archaeologists to find out about early humans because the people have died and they need to spend a lot of time to find clues in the sand. If they find fossils it might make their work easier.


  15. Ju yang August 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I leaned that the ‘Archaeologists’ don’t study about dinosaurs


  16. Rhea August 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Archaeologists study ancient human like creatures which roamed on earth on two feet way before us. It is hard to study early humans and how they lived/ developed because all humans who are currently alive are complex and I think they should work with the modern humans work before jumping back there. Or maybe archaeologists and neurologists/psychologists/ people who work on how people work should work side by side. I bet humans are pretty much the same wherever time goes. BUT (there’s the big BUT) it would be so much easier if several sample volunteer normal guys came along and tell the truth about everything (the way he feels about things(food, games, sports, etcetera…) that might be related to their find.


  17. Woosung August 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    There is so much cool information about archaeologist. Thank you!


  18. Nolan August 28, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I think that studying early people is very hard and becomes harder because as soon as 1 artifact is discovered there is less chance of findng another one….


  19. Kennedy August 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I learned what a petraglif is. a petraglif is when you take one rock and hammer it on another rock to make a design


  20. Aditya August 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Archaeologists are the people who study the past. They look at remains and see what kinds of creatures did and do.The reason it’s hard for archaeologists to study the past is because, first of they have to find remains and that is hard that to archaeologists dig in squares not in any random place. Then when they find a remain they have to see it and try and think how the people in the past lived. I learnt that Anthropologists study humans and see social, physical and cultural environment. They’re concerned of how the past relates with the present.


  21. kazu August 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I think to be like that I have to be so positive


  22. Aoi:) August 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    I think it is hard for archaeologists to learn about early humans because there is no written data.


  23. Perrine August 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Archaeologists study the past and how people lived before like what they are and where they where. When I think of archaeology, I first think of dinosaurs and bones and stuff like that. They do study that but it is not their main topic. They try to find clues so that we can understand more of were we are from like how did our languages get o languages and how did we get to invent phones and computer; how did they find out fire and how did they get the alphabet or things like that. They have a lot of questions and they are searching for all these questions and found out a lot of them. So, it is a lot of work to be an archaeologist.


  24. Mr. Martin August 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks for all of the comments. We have 25, so far. Mr. Martin will approve all of them by 3:30pm on Friday.


  25. Yoobin August 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Archaeologists are finding evidence that’s help us to understand and know about the history. They usually study about artefacts and they also study about fossils. For example, like earliest human. It is so hard to studying early human for archaeologists because it is so difficult, that finding out the whole true and facts with only few evidences. I learned from the video, that the archaeologists are really hard working to figure the facts out. And I learned that the stuffs and steps that archaeologists are do.


  26. Lin August 29, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    An archaeologist is people who dig and find artifacts. The artifact can gives clues from the past about the early humans.


  27. TSUKIHO August 29, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Archaeologists is a person who studies prehistoric times. like the people, different cultures, animals, living conditions and tools that they used.


  28. Minki Kim August 29, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    I learned that archaeologist study about early human very much because they want to know about different things they have done and which one of their achievement affect in modern life. I learn that archaeologist make crew with different people form different subjects.


  29. junsik August 29, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I think archaeologist do a lot of jobs to find out history of early human and after finding the artifact what archaeologist find they experiment and they find facts and they put up on the museum it takes a lot of time on this process archeologist is awesome job


  30. Varun August 29, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Cool,I haven’t seen a a Bill Nye video in a year!


  31. Yuto August 29, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    when I was in the Japan I went to museum and I visit lots of artifacts and I was really interest about that


  32. Yuki August 29, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    When I was visited Greek in last Diwali I went to a Museum and saw the lots of artifact found in Ancient Greece that is why I am so excited to learn about archaeologists


  33. Sriya August 29, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Archaeologist dig, anthropologist studies the artefact. Scientist determine the date when t was made.


  34. Yu Jin August 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I knew archaeologist is the hard job. And the things we can see in the museum, those things also has to check many things, so it is difficult to show to people that they found.


  35. Woon ji August 31, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    I thought archeologist was easy but when I saw the movie I thought it is hard because the objects are very delicate ,so Now on I will not say I would want to be an archeologist


  36. Benjamin August 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    The archeologist dig to find early humans.


  37. Amalija September 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Archaeologists dig in the earth to find early humans or artifacts so they can figure out what tools they used and how long ago it was.


  38. Daehyeon September 2, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    I learn more about archaeologist and also it takes a lot of time to dig. Archaeologist have a hard job.


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