Archaeology Scene Investigation Skills

The skills needed by an archaeologist are the same as those of a detective or crime scene investigator. Both require:

  • Close attention to detail

  • A desire to work with physical evidence

  • Comfortable with strict rules

  • Logical thinking

The similarities do not just end there. Archaeologists arrive at the scene charged with recovering and interpreting 'what happened'. In doing this they use similar investigation techniques as crime scene investigators. The two main sources of evidence are:

  • Physical Evidence: artefacts and details found on site

  • Testimonial Evidence: written or recorded histories and plans.

This exhibition considers the results of the archaeological campaign in advance of the construction of M1 Dundalk Western Bypass and A1/N1 Newry Dundalk Link revealing new information about life in the North Louth area over many centuries.

For help some of the terms used throughout this website please read the our glossary.

ASI: How do archaeologists know what happened?
Archaeologists do not 'know'. The case for interpretation is usually evidence beyond reasonable doubt. But facts can be developed into different cases. The judges who decide archaeological cases are specialist academics. However, academic opinion often changes over time.