Archaeology is the study of the human culture through investigation of material traces (artifacts, food remains, features, structures, etc.) and their relationships in space and time, combined with other forms of historical information (texts, oral traditions, etc.) when available. Drawing on a wide range of explanatory theory and rigorous methodologies, archaeologists use material records of human activities to better understand human technological, economic, social, and cultural evolution from the deep past (Lower Paleolithic) to the present.
- Social relevance (how lessons from archaeology can be applied to contemporary concerns of diverse interest groups)
- Basic archaeological skills (how we can use the archaeological record to draw inferences about the past)
- Stewardship (how we can preserve archaeological information for the benefit of the present and future)
- Real-world problem solving (knowing the rules, law, process, and responsibilities)
- Communication (writing, speaking, and digital communications)
- Professional ethics and values