The Classification of these Prehistoric People
Archaeologists have classified the prehistoric people of Georgia through the use of cultural periods. Archaeologists use cultural periods, since the culture of each group of people was different, and changes in culture and lifestyle took place slowly. Through the use of these cultural periods, prehistoric people have been grouped into four cultures: Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississipain.
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Who Are Archaeologists?
A system of writing was only created 6,000 years ago, so before it was created early people used crude drawings on animal hides, cave walls, or even tree bark to record and recite stories of past events. To decipher these ancient messages, we call upon archaeologist, who are experts in the field of social sciences. Archaeologists dig into the earth to find artifacts that will tell us something about early inhabitants. The artifacts that they find are pottery shards, jewelry, tools, weapons, or any other items made or used by early people. Another form of artifacts are fossils, which are traces or remains of once-living things. Fossils provide us with alot of information about the lives of people or animals. Archaeologists can use the location and quantity of fossils to determine whether or not they were hunted by the early people. Thanks to archaeologists we can determine what animals prehistoric people killed for food, and gives us a good idea of their overall diet.