Archaeology is the science of how we learn about the past through the remains of man-made things (artifacts) that people saved or threw away a long time ago. Archaeology does NOT include the study of fossils, only of artifacts.

Here are some interactive questions we created about Archaeology that we believe you might find on a homework assignment, a unit quiz or an exam. Test yourself. See if you remember the answer (or guess the answer), then click the "Show Answer" button under each question to see if you are right!

Archaeology Quiz with Answers, Interactive

What is archaeology?

What is an archaeologist?

What is the difference between a fossil and an artifact? 

What does an archaeologist do?

How does an archaeologist find a site to hunt for artifacts?

What is a dig?

Why does an archaeologist need permission to work on a dig?

What kind of tools would you find at a dig?

How do archaeologists record what they find?

What does an archaeologist do with artifacts?

Why is pottery important to an archaeologist?

How does an archaeologist preserve what they find?

Are archaeologists paid for their work?

Is being an archaeologist a dangerous job?

Who was Howard Carter?

To an archaeologist, what does the three-age system refer to?