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What is Archaeology?
Archaeology is the scientific study of human life by looking at things people have left behind. An archaeologist's goal is to find out about the everyday life of people in the past. "Archaeo" means "old", and "logos" means "study" in Greek. Therefore, the word archaeology means the study of ancient things.
Archaeologists study everyday life of the people in the past by looking at artifacts.
What archaeology is and isn't
Paleontologists are not archaeologists. Paleontologists primarily study fossils.
Historians are not archaeologists. Historians primarily study written records.
Archaeology is a science that uses specialized tools and methods, while also working with other specialists. Archaeologists are people who enjoy doing a variety of things. Do you like science, history, and solving mysteries? Archaeologists like those, too. Maybe someday you will be an archaeologist.