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Experimental Archaeology

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Bill Schindler shows students in his Experimental Archaeology class not only how to look for clues from archaeological evidence, but has them participate in making tools, processing food, and even butchering a deer to get hands on experience in the how-to of primitive technology. The experience of producing a tool from scratch helps archaeologists to better interpret the artifacts they find, as an understanding of how a tool is made leads to an understanding of what kind of archaeological evidence it may leave behind.