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Why Do We Want to Know?

Archaeology acts as a type of time machine. It gives us a way to go back and study the history of the world that would have, otherwise, been lost in the hustle and bustle of our rapidly growing and changing environment. 
Prehistoric people did not leave written books and photographs about their culture.  Archaeology can answer many questions about them. 

Cultures that may have been completely lost, can be examined and explained. Archaeologists can even show which towns traded with each other and which villages went to war. 
Through the use of archaeology, histories have been rewritten. Oral histories can be altered or changed to the point that the actual facts are no longer represented. Excavations show a more accurate representation of the past.
Learning about the past can also help shape our futures. Knowing the mistakes and triumphs in history can aid in preserving and protecting our world today.

Picture Credits:
  • Photograph showing a dog burial. This photo was taken in 1940 in Benton County, Tennessee. It shows the partial skeleton of a dog. Frank H. McClung Museum
  • Photograph taken at Chucalissa Indian Village. This photo was taken in 1957 at T. O. Fuller State Park near Memphis. It shows visitors in the model burial room. Tennessee State Library and Archive
  • Photograph of a burial site. This photo was taken in 1935 in Speedwell, Tennessee. It shows an adult male skeleton in the sitting position and holding several artifacts. Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Photograph of a burial chamber. This photo was taken in 1968 at Chucalissa Indian Village at T. O. Fuller State Park near Memphis. It shows two skeletons lying on raised platforms. Tennessee State Library and Archives

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