Piecing Together the Puzzle of History
Top: Artifacts are objects like pottery and tools that were made and used by people of the past. Bottom: Archaeologists examine the material an artifact is made of, where it was found, and any artifacts found with it.

How do we know about people who lived in ancient times? If people didn't leave behind any written records, how do we know what gods they worshiped, what food they ate, or what clothes they wore?

One of the ways we know about people who lived long ago is through archaeology: the study of past life through what's been left behind.

An archaeologist might find a pot, a grave, or the remains of a building. Each discovery is like a piece of a puzzle. The archaeologist works to put these pieces together to create a picture of what life was like long ago.