Material Evidence (Archaeology)

by Dyan Laskin Grossman

Archaeologists study people in the past through material culture – the things that people left behind. One approach is to use a technological perspective. Why would someone make that? How would someone make that? By asking “What would YOU do in this situation?” we use the present as a portal into the past, connecting to the choices of past people.

What is a raw material?
What questions would you ask to learn about these four objects? How might their physical properties (such as colour, mass, length, hardness) influence their potential uses? What would YOU make with these materials?

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Archaeology tells us that Indigenous people have been here a very long time. Evidence such as artifacts, house remains and animal bones are held in the Royal BC Museum collection.
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