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Announcing a new shelter investigation!

Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter “Investigating a North Slope Ivrulik”


In this investigation students will use Alaska geography, history, and archaeology to learn about a North Slope Sod House Ivrulik and the Iñupiaq people who lived in them. Students read an oral biography of an Iñupiaq elder, analyze historic photographs, “uncover” an archaeological site, and make a toggle harpoon!

  • - Includes texts by and about Alaska Natives
  • - Supports Common Core State Standards
  • - Incorporates authentic data for students to analyze.

Available for download February 6, 2015 with purchase of Investigating Shelter.


I feel Project Archaeology curriculum is very rich and provides opportunities for real teaching. One of the things I like about Project Archaeology is the material is interesting and engaging. I am excited when I am teaching the lessons and the students are too.”

Julie Yates, 3rd grade teacher, Craig, Alaska


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The Academy will focus on the curriculum Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, an inquiry-based social studies and science curriculum, which guides students through a complete archaeological investigation of shelter.

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From the Blog:


  • February 18, 2015

    The word “Iñupiaq” (the plural is “Iñupiat”) might be unfamiliar to some teachers and students. It is the term that a large group of indigenous people in Alaska, those who live between Norton Sound to the south and the border with Canada on the Arctic …

  • February 11, 2015

    Is it an iglu? Actually, an ivrulik is a semi-subterranean sod house used by the Iñupiat (northern Eskimos) of the North Slope of Alaska—specifically, those who lived at Piŋusugruk (labeled on maps as Point Franklin), a point that juts into the Chukchi …

  • January 5, 2015

    Archaeologists uncover a double infant burial in Alaska (Photo: Ben A. Potter) According to reports from the National Science Foundation, the recent archaeological discovery of the graves of two infants in Alaska has prompted researchers to conclude th …

  • August 7, 2014

    We asked teachers from across the nation to submit stories about how they use archaeology in their classroom or a time when they took their students to visit an archaeological site. Dan McRoberts from Iowa is the winner of the Project Archaeology Story …

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