Every one of us has a cultural history, a collection of links to our past. In the Culture Contest, you can explore why we study the past and then share with others about your own culture. Get creative! Three winners from our Culture Contest will be featured on this Web site and will win prizes! To enter the contest, first explore the importance of historical artifacts, and then submit your own creations that tell the story of your culture.
Places and things such as artifacts can be messengers from the past. If you know how to read their messages, artifacts can tell you about the people who made and used them and then left them behind. Although the owners of the artifacts and the inhabitants of the sites may have lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago, they had many of the same needs and concerns, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows that we have today.
The link to the past is provided through scientific research as well as through the importance placed on archaeological sites and artifacts. The sites visited in our Field Trips to the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve provide links to the ancient travels and settlement of the people who first came to North America from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge, and they are important for that reason. By looking at the preserve's artifacts and settlement sites, archaeologists provide scientific information about the lives of the people who lived there and continue to live there.
If archaeologists were to excavate your house or classroom, would they find artifacts there that they might not recognize? What would the artifacts say about you, your classroom, or your family?
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