Artifacts appear there stuck in the ground until I pick them up and study them to find out that they are still just artifacts.
An artifact (any thing, even a thought) exhibits the truth of the universe because all apparent things exhibit that. All things are completely the entire universe in that no thing exists separately.
So I can pick up an artifact and study it many different ways, looking at various infinite aspects all the way to the subatomic as far as measuring will allow. Doing this is what makes a thing an artifact.
There is nothing wrong of course with studying artifacts. What is already remains when that is done.