Archaeology FAQs:

Q: Is archaeology considered a sub-field of anthropology?

A: Yes, while in Europe archaeology is often viewed as either a discipline in its own right or a sub-field of other disciplines.

Q: Is archaeology the study of cultures with some form of writing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology monetarily lucrative?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology sensationalized so much that it has incorrectly formed the public's perception of what archaeology is?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology particularly important for learning about prehistoric societies?

A: Yes, for whom there may be no written records to study.

Q: Was archaeology mostly done by upper class?

A: Yes, and scholarly men.

Q: Is archaeology an umbrella term for all activities that falsely claim to be archaeological but in fact violate commonly accepted and scientific archaeological practices?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology to learn more about past societies and the development of the human race?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology not so sensational?

A: Yes.

Q: Was archaeology developed as a result of increasing commercial development?

A: Yes.

Q: Was archaeology Sir Mortimer Wheeler?

A: Yes, and whose highly disciplined approach to excavation and systematic coverage in the 1920s and 1930s brought the science on swiftly.

Q: Is archaeology the ethnographic study of living people?

A: Yes, and designed to aid in our interpretation of the archaeological record.

Q: Was archaeology the development of stratigraphy?

A: Yes.

Q: Is archaeology the study of past human activity?

A: Yes, and it stretches back to about 2.5 million years ago when we find the first stone tools - The Oldowan Industry.

Q: Was archaeology largely an attempt to uncover spectacular artifacts and features?

A: Yes, or to explore vast and mysterious abandoned cities.