Digging Into the Past
Archeological excavations can reveal a lot of information about a site and the people that lived there, or things that happened there. Unfortunately, while we can learn a lot from digging, doing so destroys the site which is why monitoring and preservation is our first choice. As a result, excavations in the park are only done on a need basis. Park archeologists preserve what they can to the best of their abilities so that future generations will have the information that would have otherwise been lost.
When to Excavate?
Archeologists might dig if there was evidence that an area had been looted, or was at risk from a natural destructive process like erosion. While excavating "ruins" these sites, it does enable us to learn what we can from them before they disappear on their own.
Explore discoveries made by archeological excavation