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Children and Archaeology
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The Importance of Pottery
“Archaeologists spend a lot of time looking to recover the small remnants of material culture left behind by prehistoric societies. Some of these remnants can be particularly useful for reconstructing how past groups lived. For example, pottery is very useful in defining societal roles. Pottery can be used to determine a person’s social ranking, gender, or even possibly their relationship to others in the group. Archaeologists use pottery and the designs placed upon it to decipher how various areas within the archaeological site were used. For example, one would expect to find pottery in a food preparation or cooking area, but would not expect to find it in a sleeping area.”
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