Archaeologists Dig for Clues

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Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock, charred seed, or fossilized bone could be a clue to how people lived in the past. In this information-packed Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, Kate Duke explains what scientists are looking for, how they find it, and what their finds reveal.

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Overview

Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock, charred seed, or fossilized bone could be a clue to how people lived in the past. In this information-packed Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, Kate Duke explains what scientists are looking for, how they find it, and what their finds reveal.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Young readers learn all about the painstaking field and laboratory work of archaeologists and others who search for the remains of humans and animals and then try to understand how they lived. Activities are clearly described, terms are defined within the text, and it is liberally illustrated. A perfect choice for the curious and any kid who has wanted to search for dinosaur bones.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4This book has the appealing layout and tone of the successful "Magic School Bus" series Scholastic, while still being firmly grounded in reality. Three children, a dog, and a cat accompany their archaeologist friend Sophie on a dig. The woman explains the scientific process, exuding enthusiasm for her chosen career. The inquisitive children, always referred to collectively, ask realistic questions in often humorous dialogue. Discussions regarding ancient and modern garbage are particularly amusing. Another nice touch is the discovery of animal bones, which are later reconstructed in a laboratory. The way of life practiced in the Archaic Era of 6,000 years ago is described via archaeological finds such as an awl and a stone knife. Students will find this lively book more fun than photographic treatments such as Dennis Fradin's Archaeology Children's Press, 1983. Upbeat, conversational text, fact-filled sidebars, speech bubbles, and instructive illustrations provide a delightful cornucopia of information that students will return to again and again.Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will feel as if they're taking an active part in an archaeological dig in this informative entry in the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out Science series, reminiscent of Aliki's Digging for Dinosaurs and entries in the Magic School Bus series.

Student volunteers accompany Sophie, the archaeologist, to an unnamed dig in a cornfield, where remains of people from the Archaic Era are being uncovered. Scientific information is spelled out in a straightforward text, defining terms—artifact, midden, and feature—as well as processes, e.g., wet-screening dirt. Dialogue balloons show the students' questions and reactions to their discoveries, while a pet beagle's comments provide comic relief. Inserts complement the text by highlighting comparisons between past and present, how tools were made, and what a basket of modern garbage can reveal. The need for meticulous record-keeping and expert analysis is also included: There is a behind-the-scenes look at a lab plus a complete picture of field work, including the long hours, hot sun, and tedious sifting of dirt. With her inviting approach to a complex process, Duke (Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble, p. 1398, etc.) ensures that this eye-opening field trip will inspire dirt diggers and treasure-seekers everywhere.

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Kate Duke has illustrated many popular books for children, including Let’s Go Dinosaur Tracking by Miriam Schlein. Ms Duke lives in New Haven, CT.

Kate Duke has illustrated many popular books for children, including Let’s Go Dinosaur Tracking by Miriam Schlein. Ms Duke lives in New Haven, CT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    A fun book that shows the reality of archaeology

    Archaeologists Dig for Clues gives an accurate representation of what happens at archaeological excavations in the United States. The story shows how different children visiting an excavation come to appreciate the realities of fieldwork. And their pets add humor to the story too! Too often books about archaeology can develop into treasure hunts, adding to misconceptions of modern archaeology. This book shows no gold, and no one gets cursed by mummies. Instead, the children in the story help the archaeologist uncover small stone tools, the leftovers from an ancient meal and other artifacts which are typically found on excavations. The children also learn about how archaeologists look for patterns in their excavations, and try to relate what they see to past human behavior. There is a brief discussion of prehistoric time periods, focusing on the Midwestern United States, but the book is a great read for children anywhere.

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