a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds..cloud of smoke rising after its first explosion formed into expanding round circles like the opening of giant parasols...it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of the . The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. The soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment.Archaeologists look at the things people from long ago left behind — their houses, clothes, bones, tools, dishes and even their garbage!In fact, a garbage site is one of the best places to find artifacts from the past.
And while being an archaeologist is sometimes like being a treasure hunter, it's a lot more like being a detective.Over time, things and places get covered up and buried.When something lays on the ground day after day, year after year, leaves fall on it, dust blows, and little by little it slowly gets covered up. 610-425 BC-Philosophers Thales, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Xenophanes and Herodotus propose that marine fossils found inland lived in the sea, and that the now dry land was once underwater. (The myth is probably inspired by remains.) 58 BC-Marcus Aemilius Scaurus displays the skeleton of the "monster of Joppa," said to have a 40-foot backbone and ribs taller than elephants. 13,000 BC-A sagacious rock-shelter resident at Arcy-sur-Cure, France, drills holes through a trilobite in order to wear it as an amulet.