North Dakota Eclectics

As the Native people who inhabited the North Dakota area before the arrival of the Europeans did not maintain a written record, most of what is known about them was obtained by archaeologists, who study the past through artifacts. The places where these people lived and worked sometimes contains evidence that can be used to tell us something of they way in which they lived, and the time period in which they lived. The archaeological places are known as sites.

Archaeological sites are excavated slowly and deliberately, carefully removing the dirt with small hand tools in order to uncover the remains of early villages, hunting areas, and other activities. Archaeologists compare artifacts that they find at these sites with those found at other sites, as well as any written materials, looking for information about the way in which these people used tools, and about their cultures and lifestyles.

Archaeological sites are fragile, and when a site is destroyed, whether by floods, development or other means, before they are investigated, the information buried at the site is lost forever. Archaeologists excavate sites carefully, recording everything they find

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