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Questions tagged [archaeology]

For questions about excavation of past species and civilizations, on Earth or an alien world. Topics include the actual science of archeology, information gleaned from the fossil records, and longevity of civilization artifacts.

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Natural uncovering of desert ruins

My world has a semi-nomadic people that inhabit a vast sandy desert. Underneath this desert lie the ruins of an enormous metropolis -- a city that was abandoned tens of thousands of years ago. In the ...
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How Long Would Artifacts Last Under the Moon's Surface?

How Long? In the 1960s, unknown to most, the United States set up a secret base on the moon manned by an "extra" aboard each Apollo lander. NASA architects decided that the base must be built into ...
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How long could a well-built, well-preserved underground shelter last?

This isn’t a question about sustainability, but rather archaeology. Let’s assume you built a large underground complex, perhaps a bunker or a communal fallout shelter, in a geologically stable region ...
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What anomalies in the Fossil record would be left behind by humans?

Human society is effectively gone and a new, intelligent species of Chimpanzees has taken over the role as the dominant species on Earth. It has been 40,000 years since the humans fell, so we can ...
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In a cemetery, what evidence could be found that humans were intelligent and had technology?

So, a group of archeologists from the year 4978 have uncovered something strange. They’ve been searching for the missing link between them and their primordial ancestors, and they seem to have found ...
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Humans get knocked back into the stone age; would archeologists from 10,000 years in the future be able to tell that we existed?

I am inspired by Dr. Robert Schoc's hypothesis that the Great Pyramid and Sphinx date back to a lost civilization from 10,000 BCE. The Question: Suppose an asteroid/mega solar flare/etc. reduced ...
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How long would a body be preserved in a sealed coffin in space?

A spacefaring people buries their fallen heroes in space. The bodies are adorned in uniforms (fabric), equipped with the weapons they carried in life (mostly aluminium, steel or polymer, but ...
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Signature of destruction - kinetic bombardment

Following on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking questions about the signature destructive patterns of different weapons systems. This is the ...
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Signature of destruction - energy weapons

As an additional follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking some questions about signature destructive patterns. This is the second one, the ...
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Signature of destruction - does tearing down a building leave noticeably different ruins to natural decline?

As a follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'll be asking two questions about signature destructive patterns, this is the first: How, if at all, ...
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Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape?

Ruins of many kinds are a staple of stories whether for games or tales of high adventure. My question is about the design process behind such structures: should one start with a city or building and ...
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Can a modern book that traveled back in time be proven to be older?

Imagine I travel back in time ~500 years, leave a modern ship/boat log book in a cave and the log book was discovered today. Since the book was discovered after it was possible to buy it off the shelf ...
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How fast can dungeons be covered and how low can they sink?

My plot is to have temples,castles and cities built on top of the remains of previous structures repeatedly to create a multi-level underground dungeon. My goal is to figure out how many levels this ...
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Is it possible for plate tectonics to have completely erased traces of an advanced civilization? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if it is possible for an advance civilization to have been on Earth for millions or even billions of years in the past. And that after dying or moving away, the remnants of their ...
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What prevents Dungeons from collapsing?

One of the ideas I've had for a story is to have million year old subterranean buildings/cities/temples which have younger architecture built on top of them, resulting in a "dungeon" which would be an ...
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Hollow Earth, or mile deep network of caves/tunnels [closed]

Is the hollow Earth theory based on a sub-surface network of tunnels that link large caverns, or do they really believe there is a interior sun that lights a hollow core. This seems to have many ...
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Figuring out how a smart device works

You are an archaeologist in the year PQMX (some thousands years in the future from now), and while excavating the remains of a city which appears to belong to the mythical Western World, you have ...
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Archeological evidence of nuclear warfare

I'm working on a story set roughly 2 million years in the future involving future archeologists discovering evidence of a nuclear war and ensuing winter wiping out humanity. What sort of clues would ...
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Could an intelligent civilization have existed on Earth before humans? [duplicate]

And more importantly, how could we not know about it? I remember hearing that most of our man-made monuments and buildings will have completely collapsed in a few thousand years, so is it possible for ...
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How can I re-fit the Atlantis story to a location in the Caribbean?

Atlantis is mentioned in Plato's Timaeus and Critias dialogues. I would like to know how I can set the story to a location in or around the Caribbean, during a time frame that would "fit" the story ...
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Killing off Indiana Jones

Watching Indiana Jones movies for some time got me wondering how you can effectively kill the explorers to your temple after a long time. How can I prevent explorers from stealing my artifacts for at ...
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Could ancient Atlantean monuments have survived a flood cataclysm?

Lets assume that in antiquity an advanced civilisation like that of the Roman Empire existed on a sizeable island the size of Spain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This civilisation built large ...
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What is the best practice for (alien) archaeology?

We're a lovely, ethical, near-future population of Earthlings, and prepared to begin terraforming Mars (yes, I went there: set it aside). We have just stumbled on remnants of an alien civilization ...
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What will remain from an eco-friendly civilization after 10,000 years?

Let us assume that about 10,000 years ago there was another human civilization, that was quite similar to humanity. Physically they are humans. The state of development of this civilization is quite ...