Archaeologists make use of a wide array of methods and methodologies in order to conduct accurate research that yields credible results. In this unit, students will learn about some of the different methods that archaeologists are incorporating into their work and innovative techniques that are helpful for exploring the past in new ways.
Kassabaum, Megan. 2019. “A Method for Conceptualizing and Classifying Feasting: Interpreting Communal Consumption in the Archaeological Record.” American Antiquity 84 (4): 610–631.
Mitchell, Peter. 2018. “Introduction to Archaeological Methods and Sources.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
Article: Nature Education Knowledge’s “Dating Rocks and Fossils Using Geologic Methods”
Article: National Geographic’s “How Underwater Archaeology Reveals Hidden Wonders”
Article: The Conversation’s “Six Tools That Are Revolutionizing Archaeology By Helping Us Find Sites Without Digging”
Article: SAPIENS’ “Spy Plane Photos Open Windows Into Ancient Worlds”
TED Talk: Robin Nagle’s “What I Discovered in New York City Trash”
TED Talk: Ben Kacyra’s “Ancient Wonders Captured in 3D”
TED Talk: Sarah Parcak’s “Archaeology From Space” and “Hunting for Peru’s Lost Civilizations—With Satellites”
Video: Archaeology Southwest’s “Hopi Migration Traditions and Archaeology”
Video: Dig It With Raven’s “Dendrochronology”
Video: Brain Stuff’s “How Carbon Dating Works”
Video: Dig It With Raven’s “Seriation”
Eshe Lewis (2020)