Artifact and Site Preservation|
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Artifacts are items left behind by ancient people. Some were discarded and others, like those in graves, were deliberately placed. An artifact will only preserve in the ground if certain conditions exist.
Because artifacts only survive under specific conditions, it is impossible for an entire collection to be preserved. The artifacts archaeologists find only represent a sample of what was left behind.
|Water-logged basket, Fraser Valley, BC||Book in acidic peat bog in Ireland|
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Tla'amin First Nation