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Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
Decoding the Past
Introduction - The Puzzle of the Past - Site Seeing - Digging in the Dirt - Interpreting the Evidence - Decoding the Past

After an archaeologist has gathered, catalogued, and interpreted all of the evidence, he or she begins the most important reporting task of all: putting a human face on the past. A final archaeological report often reflects years of cooperative work among experts from disciplines as diverse as history, medicine, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and biology. 

Through the tireless work of these experts, the distant past again resonates with the sound of human voices. Across the millennia, the fragments of human experience remind us that those who have come before were every bit as human as we are.
Examining Artifacts

Archaeologists meticulously examine artifacts to learn more about the past. (Oahe Reservoir, South Dakota)

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