The Past Has Layers

Many people think the past is behind us. Archeologists know it's just below the surface. If you enjoy putting clues together to solve mysteries, and are curious about people and their cultures in other times and places, then archeology just might be for you!

Archeology is a scientific practice which uncovers the ways people lived in the past through the places and artifacts they left behind. From the stories archeologists uncover, they bring a unique perspective to the present time and to choices about the future.

Learn more about archeological discoveries across the National Park System by digging through these webpages. 

Great Gallery wall paintings of people at Canyonlands National Park


Learn about the perspective archeology brings to cultures, tribes, and communities.

Oyster shell tabby slave cabins.


Explore the ways archeology investigates lands and seas where people left a mark.

Ceramic sherd on hand.


Discover the ways people have made and used things over time.

Battle at River Raisin

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Boy and woman screening dirt.

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Last updated: July 20, 2022