10 Interesting facts about Archaeology

For anyone curious or interested to learn more about archaeology, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Archaeology is the study of humans from the past, usually from material objects that were kept intact.
  • 2. The word archaeology comes from the Greek word archaiologia, meaning “ancient”.
  • 3. Many digs are setup in rectangular grids, helping to better organize and map out any discoveries found.  Tools used include shovels, trowels, spoons, small picks, brushes, wooden picks, and screens.
  • 4. There are what could be considered four stages of an archaeological dig, this includes Remote Sensing (using satellite imagery to view the larger area around the site), a Field Survey (identifying the finer points of a region), Excavation, and finally the Analysis.
  • 5. The sub-disciplines within archaeology include Assyriology, Phoeniciology, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology, Proto historic Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and Taphonomy.
  • 6. One of the famous discoveries is Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300 year old mummy from the Alps and is now stored in Bolzano, Italy.
  • 7. Lost cities can often be featured with archaeology, some of the more famous ones that have been discovered include Machu Picchu in Peru, Angkor in Cambodia, Petra in Jordan, Palmyra in Syria, and Palenque in Mexico.
  • 8. Often times archaeologists will be spending time with what could be considered ancient garbage dumps, called middens, that would contain animal bones, shells, and old tools to help understand how the culture lived.
  • 9. Virtual archaeology can used to build virtual 3D models from computer graphics, helping to both give a better feel for the environment as well as using for other applications, such as recreating scenes or historical events.
  • 10. Movies that feature archaeology include the Indian Jones series, King Solomon’s Mines, The City of Brass, Relic Hunter, The Mummy, Stargate, and Tomb Raider.  As many these films glamorize or exaggerate aspects of archaeology, they’ve often been defined as pseudoarchaeology.

Organize your archaeological research on your own networks

If more involved with a project, or simply what you could call a more active hobby, you can use an Odysen network to help organize your project and research.  Here are a few benefits from doing so:

  • Sharing with others: Add others to your network to help collaborate on your research.
  • Easy to organize: Create folders for different topics, this could be one folder for each dig site that you’re involved with.  As a project expands, you can simply add sub-folders to scale with it.  Within each folder are different applications to share content with.
  • Sharing useful content: For each dig site folder, you can add content as appropriate for the site.  This could be office files in the Documents application, add a note for an outline, store photos and video if available, add useful websites for reference, actions for next steps that need to be done, and schedule events for trips to the site or meeting with others.
  • Integrated views: While you can view any content in its’ specific folder, you can also see integrated views by simply clicking on a parent folder, or the root folder of your network to see all your content.

Learn more about using your network for research, including using the applications, the key benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

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