Clues to the Past
Top: Every new piece of evidence provides more clues. Bottom: Local people can provide insight to understanding past cultures.

Anthropologists study people and cultures, both in the past and in the present. Archaeology is a special branch of anthropology which focuses on the past.

Like all scientists, archaeologists start with a question they want to explore, such as "Why was this ancient city abandoned?" Then, they gather evidence by digging in the field. Back in the lab, they analyze their evidence. Finally, they share their results with others.
 

 
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