Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant
Chapter: 19. How do you identify an artifact and how it was used?
The artifacts we excavate are usually quite different from the things we use and see around us today. But there are similarities with tools we use today and even more so with the things used by more traditional cultures now or in the near past. We can use those similarities to compare artifacts to things we already know, whether from ethnographic studies or museums.