An Introduction to Archaeology
What is Archaeology? Archaeology is the scientific study of the physical
evidence of past human societies recovered through collection, artifact
analysis, and excavation. Archaeologists not only attempt to discover and
describe past cultures but also to formulate explanations for the development of
cultures. Conclusions drawn from study and analyses provide answers and
predictions about human behavior that add, complement, and sometimes correct the
written accounts of history and prehistory.
Information and guidance
about archaeology is available through many
different agencies and organizations. On these pages, you will find information
about archaeology in the state of South Carolina as well as links to a variety
of other sources.
Block excavations at an early eighteenth-century rice plantation