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Why Teach Archaeology?

Archaeology connects people to their past through discovery. Archaeological sites offer a way to travel in time: to explore an abandoned ghost town; to imagine what it might have been like to hunt mammoths on the High Plains, build the historic fort at Jamestown, or live in a slave cabin.

Everyone can touch the past, but sadly our opportunities are dwindling. Many sites are victims of looting, vandalism, and destruction. Through Project Archaeology, educators can help the schoolchildren of today know and experience America’s rich cultural heritage as the adults of tomorrow. By discovering our past we can shape the future and save the world!

Archaeology is an excellent way to teach students both scientific inquiry and cultural understanding. Our materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards and we are the model of Common Core instruction. Students have the opportunity to cite textual evidence from primary sources and learn subject specific vocabulary.


What does Project Archaeology Teach?

Project Archaeology teaches four enduring understandings:
Understanding the past is essential for understanding the present and shaping the future.
Learning about cultures, past and present, is essential for living in a pluralistic society and world.
Archaeology is a systematic way to learn about past cultures.
Stewardship of archaeological sites and artifacts is everyone’s responsibility.

10 Reasons to Choose Project Archaeology:

Resources needed to teach interdisciplinary units are included in the teacher’s manuals
High-interest reading material in science and social studies
Investigations based on real archaeological sites and authentic data
Students “meet” members of descendent communities through each investigation
Inquiry-based lessons are aligned with national standards and the Common Core
Active learning! Hands-on activities as well as numerous opportunities for reading, writing, and discussing
Social studies, science, literacy and math lessons are embedded within the curriculum
A variety of assessment tools are included
Online resources available
Culturally relevant curricula for underserved audiences

Project Archaeology received a U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation award in 2011 for achieving exemplary conservation results with community engagement and local partnerships.