Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Archaeological Methods

The short video segments below are from the PBS series Exploring North Carolina episode “Man and Mammoth” and the exhibit The Ancient Carolinians. Exploring North Carolina is an original production by UNC-TV, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and DTS Software, Inc. Funding was provided by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. The Ancient Carolinians was created by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in collaboration with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, both at UNC-Chapel Hill, with funding provided by the Alcoa Foundation.


  • Archaeologist Steve Davis of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    explains the methods archeologists use to determine the age of artifacts
    excavated from prehistoric sites.

  • UNC archaeologist Theresa McReynolds explains how studying stratigraphy
    helps archaeologists determine the relative ages of artifacts.

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