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Grade 2 teachers were looking studying "artifacts" and I couldn't resist putting together something on this. When I wrote the  paragraph below I purposely planted many orthographic seeds (including hot links to resources) for word scientists to uncover. 

I also constructed a disgram of  etymological and morphologial relatives of <artifact>. (See below)

I'd be very curious to see if teachers / tutors out there find this kind of document useful. If you work through the document, I hope you will find the opening paragraph much richer with the benefit of some orthogrphic study. I tried to offer the tools and understanding so that you and/or your students might be able to make your own "word relation diagram" built on other words in this description of "artifacts".

Click HERE for the pdf. 

See the opening text and diagram below. (You need to dowload the pdf to get the links to resources.)


Artifacts and the art of looking at the facts scientifically to know more about past cultures

Scientists study artifacts that were made by people in ancient cultures. When people make things, they do so with some purpose in mind.  Therefore, we can expect that objects left behind ancient civilizations reflect something important to those who lived in that culture.

Just about anything made by someone can be an artifact that can be treated as evidence about how a culture lived. In a way an artifact is a window allowing us to look into the past. Not only precious objects like jewelry, but also everyday things like pieces of pottery, a tool, a bench from a marketplace, or even an old shoe were all manufactured by an artisan for a reason that was important to their community. It might be fun to wonder what archeologists of the future might hypothesize about our culture if they happened to find your school bag that got left behind somehow!

The Oxford dictionary defines archaeology (also spelled <archeology>) as “the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains.”  Archaeologists are scientists who investigate the traces of the remains of ancient cultures to build knowledge about how different peoples lived.  By learning about other cultures, we might even find lessons that are important for us today.

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