This is a PowerPoint presentation that explains the basic methods archaeologists use to study the past. It begins with a title slide. Then there is a warm-up, the warm-up is a test question from the NY state 8th grade social studies exam. The next four slides explain how an archaeologist studies the past. Then there is a guided practice, including an image of an "archaeological site", and list of the objects found. There is also a graphic organizer slide that students can use for observing artifacts in the independent practice. Presentation ends with a share.