Most humans live in organized groups called societies, and the members of each society have needs that must be met. These needs are physical, social, and spiritual. In order to satisfy their needs, people use resources that are available from their environment to make objects. Often, objects that are left behind comprise all that we know of past societies. These objects are our window to the past.
Archaeologists examine the objects left behind by past societies. By combining what they discover when studying artifacts, archaeologists are able to tell us much about how people lived in the past. In this way archaeology acts as a lens, bringing the past into focus for us.
The Archaeology Collection contains artifacts from as early as the Paleo-Indian Period and as recent as the Historic Period. There are over 600 digitized images showcasing some of the objects used by our ancient Ohio ancestors and neighboring societies.