The instructors at the Archaeology Station provide visitors with a brief background of Archaeology and anthropology. Then they show an overview of what the time periods of North American prehistory might have looked like. They show what the people were doing to live and some artifacts that provide evidence of this way of life. They explain how archaeologists can use what early people left behind to learn about the peoples’ way of life. They study people not dinosaurs.
Examples of how things left behind help tell a story about the people once living in a location are the rusty nail, tin can, and old bottle. The bottle was an old whiskey bottle found buried in the ground. Dates on the bottle and construction of the can tell a little about the people living in that location at that time.
We know early people hunted and trapped. The stone points add to the story of the people living here in earlier times – they tells something about how they hunted. These artifacts give us some idea how they went about these survival tasks during different periods in our history.
Another example is that early North Americans used many weapons for hunting such as the spear and atlatl. When they were in water they used a harpoon.