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
- Resources needed to teach these interdisciplinary units are included in the teachers’ manuals
- High-interest reading material in science and social studies
- Investigations based on real archaeological sites and authentic data
- Students “meet” members of descendant communities through each investigation
- Inquiry-based lessons are aligned with national standards
- Active learning – with numerous opportunities for reading,
- Social studies, science, and math lessons are embedded within the curriculum
- A variety of assessment tools are included
- Online resources available
- 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.
Our high quality, interactive inquiry-based curricula can be accessed through workshops, online courses, institutes, or job embedded mentoring.
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