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Questions for DiscussionShare

  • What images or ideas does the word archaeology bring to mind? What do you know about the work of archaeologists? How is an archaeologist different from a paleontologist or an historian? Discuss students’ preconceptions and clarify any misconceptions they might have.

  • Why is it important to study the past? How can archaeology help us better understand the world today?

  • Try to imagine what your neighborhood might have been like in ancient times. What questions would you ask the people who lived there? Are these questions that archaeologists could answer? Why or why not?

  • Imagine it is the year 3000 CE. Future archaeologists have discovered your classroom. What kinds of artifacts or features will they find? What won’t they find? What conclusions do you think they will draw about your way of life?