What we don’t know about Illinois archaeology

Read the full story from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.

Archaeology, like many disciplines, focuses mainly on expanding the horizons of what we know about the world and how it works. Archaeologists make and test hypotheses about past human beings and cultures using material remains (pottery, stone tools, plant remains, etc.) that are left behind in the archaeological record. In the process, we learn more about what people were up to in the past and how they responded to the geographic, environmental, and social conditions of the times. 

But how do we know what we don’t know? This is often a much more difficult question. Identifying gaps in knowledge and how they came to be even has its own field of study—agnotology.

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