The Science of Archaeology

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Did you know archaeology is considered a science? From the mountains to the coast, archaeologists in North Carolina rely on a variety of scientific approaches and technological advances to examine our state’s rich history and preserve it for future generations. Join us for a virtual exploration of terrestrial and underwater archaeology throughout North Carolina’s unique landscapes! Learn about the tools we use to investigate and document the lives of people whose voices can no longer be heard and how we protect our state’s vibrant and diverse past.

This page was created as part of a week-long virtual event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival in April 2021, celebrating the economic, educational, and cultural impacts of science in North Carolina.

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What makes archaeology a science? How do we excavate on land versus underwater? How can YOU become an archaeologist? Archaeologists for the State of North Carolina rely heavily on STEM to ensure the rich history of North Carolina is preserved. Check out this dynamic conversation with OSA archaeologists Kim Kenyon, David Cranford, and Rosie Blewitt-Golsch as they compare archaeology on land and underwater in North Carolina!

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About North Carolina Science Festival

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses, and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impacts of science in North Carolina. It is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, please visit

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