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Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Archaeological Museums

Archaeological Museums
Archaeological Museums

An Archaeological Museum is an institution with collections that include artifacts shaped by humans that are of historical or cultural interest. Examples of artifacts include tools, pottery, metal objects, weapons, remains from historic sites and structures plus items of personal adornment such as jewelry or death masks.

A primary role of Archaeological Museums is to improve our understanding of the lives of our ancestors. Most museums artifacts stand out for their uniqueness, their intrigue, their beauty, and their ability to expand our understanding of our history.

Artifacts come from many different archaeological contexts, such as:

  • Burial sites
  • Middens or old dump for human occupational waste
  • Votive offerings
  • Hoards lost in time
  • Wells or caves
  • Historical places that have been abandoned or buried due to a natural disaster or war
  • Excavations of Historical sites
  • Remains from historic sites and structures

Ancient artifacts from the past help to shed light on the lives of our ancestors and cultural heritage. Below is the evolving list of Archaeological Museums featured on “Joy of Museums.”

Archaeological Museums

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“Archaeology is about facts….
Forget any ideas you’ve got about lost cities,
exotic travel, and digging up the world.
We do not follow maps to buried treasure,
and X never ever marks the spot.” 

– Indiana Jones

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Photo Credit: JOM

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