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Accidental Discoveries
A young Bedouin goat herder was throwing rocks into a hole when he heard what sounded like a clay jar breaking. The year was 1947. What significant ancient documents had this boy discovered?
Rise and Fall
Which civilization peaked earliest?
A. Aztec
B. Greek
C. Roman
D. Egyptian
E. Polynesian
This gorge, some 30 miles long, is in Tanzania between Serengeti National Park and the Great Rift Valley. No site in the world has produced a longer sequence of stone tool assemblages and hominid fossils. Name this gorge.
Lost Locations
Which ancient city is not paired with its location?
A. Memphis - Egypt
B. Carthage - Greece
C. Persepolis - Persia
D. Troy - Asia Minor
E. Herculaneum - Italy
The Rosetta Stone made the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics possible because a passage of hieroglyphics was also written in what other language?
The Americas
Huanuco, Cusichaca, and Machu Picchu were ancient cities of what civilization?
A. Inca
B. Maya
C. Aztec
D. Carib
E. Papago
Compass Directions
The first people to cross the land bridge which existed in the region now occupied by the Bering Strait traveled in which cardinal direction?
Trash Piles
A mound of shells, bones, and debris found on the site of an ancient habitation is a ...
A. dig
B. cairn
C. codex
D. midden
E. dolmen
What alloy was the most important metal for tools and weapons between the years 4000 and 2000 B.C.?
Archaeological Analysis
A faunal analysis at an archaeological dig produces data relating to which characteristic of the people who lived there?
A. physical stature
B. tribal organization
C. architectural skills
D. hunting and dietary practices
E. religious beliefs and ceremonies
Ancient Architecture
The greatest architectural works of what ancient empire were amphitheaters, aqueducts, baths, basilicas, bridges, and triumphal arches?
Aztec Cities
Tenochtitlan was a city built by the Aztecs. Today, the city occupying that same location is ...
A. Tijuana
B. Veracruz
C. Hermosillo
D. Guadalajara
E. Mexico City
Special Stones
It is made of large stones arranged in concentric circles around a central altar. Name this prehistoric structure near Salisbury in southern England.
Starting Points
Which region, home to many ancient civilizations, had a name literally meaning "land between the waters"?
A. Assyria
B. Phoenicia
C. Macedonia
D. Babylonia
E. Mesopotamia
Name the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still survives.
Greek Temples
What town at the foot of Mt. Parnassus was famed for its oracle at the Temple of Apollo?
A. Argos
B. Delphi
C. Eleusis
D. Philippi
E. Thessalonica
Tool Technology
The Olmecs and Mayas had no iron. Instead, archaeologists have found weapons and cutting tools made from a volcanic glass called ...
Buried Treasure
What Roman city was hidden for nearly seventeen centuries after being buried by ashes in the year 79?
Magnificent Murals
A long hidden cave with Ice Age art covering its walls was discovered in 1940 at which site?
A. Dijon
B. Cannes
C. Lascaux
D. Lourdes
E. Fontainebleau
Ancient Civilization
An early kingdom developed near the fertile Yellow River around 1500 B.C. in a region that became what country?
Dating Techniques
A radioisotope useful in establishing the age of ancient objects is ...
A. lead-208
B. carbon-14
C. nitrogen-14
D. potassium-39
E. phosphorus-208
River Cities
What river is associated with these ancient cities?
Archaeologists studying petroglyphs of Native Americans are studying ...
A. weapons
B. burial sites
C. picture writings
D. cooking artifacts
E. forms of architecture
Architectural Projects
It consisted of a series of five terraces of glazed brick, each 50 feet above the next. Name this structure erected by King Nebuchadnezzar for his wife in 562 B.C.
Conquered Capitals
Once the capital of the Aramean kingdom, it fell to the Assyrians, then the Seleucids, then the Byzantine Empire, then the Mongols, and then the Ottoman Empire. Name the city.
A. Sparta
B. Timbuktu
C. Damascus
D. Teotihuacan
E. Kuala Lumpur
Archaeological Ages
The Bronze Age followed the Stone Age. What age followed the Bronze Age?
On which peninsula can you see pyramids?
A. Sinai
B. Malay
C. Gaspee
D. Yucatan
E. Florida
Fabulous Finds
A military engineer in whose army discovered the Rosetta Stone outside Alexandria in 1799?
Ancient Developments
Cuneiform has the same purpose as ...
A. mummies
B. aqueducts
C. catacombs
D. mausoleums
E. hieroglyphics
Historic Buildings
The Pantheon is in Rome. In what city is the Parthenon?

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Answers to Archaeology
1. Dead Sea Scrolls
2. D
3. Olduvai Gorge
4. B
5. Greek
6. A
7. east
8. D
9. bronze
10. D
11. Roman
12. E
13. Stonehenge
14. E
15. pyramids at Giza
16. B
17. obsidian
18. Pompeii (or Herculaneum)
19. C
20. China
21. B
22. Nile
23. C
24. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
25. C
26. Iron Age
27. D
28. Napoleon's
29. E
30. Athens
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