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Meet-the-ArchaeOLogists

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Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Archaeologists are detectives who gather clues to the past. Discover the intriguing facts and artifacts that Chuck, Alexis, Ian, Jena, and Kellner have unearthed while following their curiosity.

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Making a Field Journal

Field journals are incredibly important to researchers. In fact, many can't imagine doing science without them. Learn how to create your own valuable journal.

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The Ancient City of Petra

Petra was built by Arabian nomads who became very rich as desert traders. But why did these nomadic merchants decide to settle down in one place? Explore the mystery while strolling through Petra's ruins. 

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Archaeology Books

Uncover ancient mysteries. Learn how trees keep records of the past. Travel centuries ahead in time to look back at the U.S. And dig into archaeology with these six kid-friendly books.

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Make Your Own Archaeology Stationery

Looking for an easy way to make sure your letters and notes withstand the test of time? Simply add your name and address—and anything else you want to say—to these colorful letterheads.

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What's the Big Idea About Archaeology?

For archaeologists, each discovery is like finding a piece of the puzzle. With enough pieces, they can glimpse what life was like long ago. Get a complete picture of how archaeologists work. 

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Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

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Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

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Shoebox Archaeology

How does one generation stack up to the next? Find out why it’s easier for archaeologists to answer this question when a family settles in one place.

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Where Did You Find It?

Context is everything when it comes to identifying and understanding artifacts. Explore how archaeologists use surrounding objects to sort out how an artifact was originally used.

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