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Archaeology is a sub-field of anthropology. This sub-field is focused on studying, understanding, describing, and conserving the material culture (physical remains) of humans and past activities during both prehistoric and historic times. An archaeologist is a practitioner of archaeology.

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"University of New Mexico archaeology students participating in a dig in 1967," photograph by Dick Meleski, Student Publication Board Records, 1939-1987 (ANTHROPOLOGY_1967), Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.

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