Artifact Adventure

December 27, 2019
Anna Semon is an archaeologist. Here, she takes notes on a dig in Georgia.
KIARA MONTES

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.”

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