Anna Semon is an archaeologist. That’s a person who finds and studies artifacts. An artifact is an object made by people in the past. Ready to dig in? Join TIME for Kids on an artifact adventure!
1. Semon and her team look for a good place to dig. They dig for pieces of pottery, stone, and bone. These objects help an archaeologist learn how people lived in the past.
2. The archaeologists dig. They use shovels and other tools. They must be careful. The artifacts are old and can break easily. After the dig, the artifacts are sent to a lab .
3. Semon’s lab is at a museum in New York City. There, people sort the small artifacts. Semon brushes dirt from the bigger pieces.
4. Semon uses a microscope . She looks at pieces of pottery. She searches for clues. She asks questions. When was it made? Who made it?
5. Artifacts are added to the museum’s collection. The objects tell us about the people who used them. “Each little piece gives us a new idea,” she told TFK. “Every artifact has a story to tell.”