Artifacts are objects made and/or used by people who lived in the past. Artifacts are important because often they are the only link archaeologists have to the people they wish to understand. Artifacts give archaeologists clues about what people ate, what their houses were made of, what tools they owned, how rich or poor they were, and how long ago they lived at a site. Materials collected from archaeological sites are preserved and stored for future research and for exhibit in museums.
Today Fort Bragg preserves and protects over 200,000 artifacts at their curation facility. Their staff cares for these materials, makes them available to researchers, and uses the artifacts in educational programs the public can enjoy.