Archeological detectives

Oct. 14, 2016 | Mr. White’s Form VI History/Contemporary World class pondered the fascinating work of archeologists and historians earlier today.

Students studied pottery artifacts from the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai, founded in 1238. The capital lasted until about 1378, when it was moved because it was too close to Burma, with whom the Thai were at war. The site of Sukhothai today is more or less overgrown, with a few farmers living in the area and the ruins accessible to the general public. The goal of this round table topic was to discuss how historians and archeologists find artifacts and try to best guess what purpose the uncovered artifacts served. As it turns out, being a historian is similar to being a detective!

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