Calling all Informal Archaeology Educators! We are working on a guide for you…

Project Archaeology and the National Park Service are teaming up to create an Informal Educator’s Guide, and we want your input!

Intended for use by informal educators across the nation, the guide will compile high-quality, widely applicable, archaeology-based lesson plans for museums, public lands managers, summer camps, extracurricular groups, volunteer training, and more. It will include existing Project Archaeology lesson plans adapted for informal use, in addition to new lesson plans written specifically for informal venues and audiences.

Does your institution already have archaeology-themed lesson plans or activities? We’d love to take a look! This is an all-call for any archaeology education-related materials that you’d like to pass along for possible inclusion in the guide. All included submissions will be appropriately credited, and any reformatted materials will be shared with your institution upon the guide’s publication.

Matt Stirn, Director of Archaeological Research at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, taking part in Project Archaeology’s informal lesson, Archaeological Survey, using a hula hoop to map artifacts! National Archaeology Educator’s Conference, 2014.

We are especially interested in activities that relate to the following topics, but welcome all submissions for consideration.

  • Archaeological Survey
  • Lithic Artifact Inquiry
  • Mapping Site Boundaries and Features
  • Ecology and Ethnobotany: Making a Living on the Land
  • The Role of Oral History in Archaeological Interpretation
  • Experimental Archaeology: Engineering a Shelter with Local Materials
  • Stalk the Bison: Indigenous Hunting Techniques
  • Ceramic Reconstruction
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Ethics for Volunteers
  • Take It to the Streets: Teaching Others about Archaeology

If you’re interested in contributing, please e-mail your materials to our intern, Leah Burgin, at by July 31, 2016.

Thank you so much for your time and contributions,

Project Archaeology Staff