Project Archaeology

Discover the Past – Shape the Future

Discover the Past – Shape the Future

Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy.

Why teach archaeology 

Archaeologists ask questions rooted in the social sciences and research those questions using scientific methods. The fusion of social and physical sciences means that archaeology is an excellent way to teach students both scientific inquiry and cultural understanding.

Studying the past gives us a rare chance to examine our place in time and forge links with the human continuum. Everyone can touch the past, but sadly our opportunities are disappearing.  The number of sites that have not been disturbed or looted is dwindling at an alarming rate. Through Project Archaeology, educators can help the schoolchildren of today know and experience America’s rich cultural heritage as the adults of tomorrow.

Ten reasons to choose Project Archaeology

  1. Resources needed to teach these interdisciplinary units are included in the teachers’ manuals
  2. High-interest reading material in science and social studies
  3. Investigations based on real archaeological sites and authentic data
  4. Students “meet” members of descendant communities through each investigation
  5. Inquiry-based lessons are aligned with national standards
  6. Active learning – with numerous opportunities for reading, writing, and discussing
  7. Social studies, science, and math lessons are embedded within the curriculum
  8. A variety of assessment tools are included
  9. Online resources available
  10. Culturally relevant curricula for underserved audiences

What we can do for you

We provide services to educators, students and learners of all ages, and archaeologists in three ways:  1. High-quality curricular materials model authentic archaeological inquiry. 2. Professional development for educators including classroom teachers, informal educators, and archaeologists. 3. Support for Project Archaeology educators through state and regional programs, conferences, new materials, and networking opportunities. How can we help you? Click below for more information.

Professional Development

Our high quality, interactive inquiry-based curricula can be accessed through workshops, online courses, institutes, or job embedded mentoring.

Humans and Animals: Traditional Knowledge

Humans and Animals: Traditional Knowledge

By Katherine Hodge, Project Archaeology Interim Program Lead Modern humans and animals have lived together for tens of thousands of years. In that time, people have spread and adapted to almost every biome on the planet—even those  that archaeologists thought were far...

Humans and Animals: Tools

Humans and Animals: Tools

By Katherine Hodge, Project Archaeology Interim Program LeadHumans use animals for far more than just food, wool, and companionship. Long before the advent of domestication, humans hunted animals and harvested every usable part from them. In addition to meat, hide,...

Humans and Animals: Domestication

Humans and Animals: Domestication

By Katherine Hodge, Program Archaeology Interim Program Lead Humans and animals have a long relationship that stretches back over fifteen thousand years. Some of the oldest human art on cave walls feature animals and some of the oldest carvings that have survived are...

Help Project Archaeology Save the World

Thank you for supporting our work to develop culturally relevant curricula, instilling cultural understanding, honoring past and present people, preserving archaeological sites through education. Every donation helps us connect people through our shared past.