Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Trash to Treasure – How Archaeologists Learn About the Past

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Archaeologist Ella Beaudoin  aired May 27, 2020, as part of the Expert Is Online series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Ever wonder how we know about the lives of human ancestors? Learn how to look at ancient garbage to figure out how people lived in the past! Archaeologist Ella Beaudoin talks about what it's like to dig for trash and what stone tools can tell us about human origins! 

This webinar was hosted by Distance Learning Manager Maggy Benson and moderated by Paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner.

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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
6-8, 9-12
Anthropology and Social Studies