Artifact Activity

Archaeologists study artifacts and objects made or used by people. Artifacts are all around you. They are objects that are used in everyday life. For example, the toothbrush that you used this morning is an artifact. The trash that you throw away is also an artifact. The school that you are in right now is also an artifact, called a feature. The trees outside are not considered artifacts unless you changed them in some way, like made a canoe for example. Have the students participate in the following exercise then share with the class. If there is time, have the students trade pictures and comment about what is in their partner’s picture.

Exercise

  • Draw a picture of the outside of your bedside table/dresser or your desk
  • Look at the picture and write down the artifacts that you see
    • What would an archaeologist learn five hundred years from now about you, studying these artifacts?

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