Archeologist holds ceramic sherd.
Cermic sherd from Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Photo by Dr. Robert Thunen, University of North Florida.

Artifacts are the things that people in the past made, purchased, collected, and left behind at archeological sites. Archeologists carefully collect artifacts from their archeological contexts, then study and curate them. Artifacts can tell us where people lived; what they ate, wore, and used; and how culture changed over time.

Think about the artifacts in your home. What would they tell archeologists about you?
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    Last updated: April 27, 2022