The Basin House

Investigating a Great Basin Wickiup teaches students about the use of wickiups and the people who used them approximately 5,000 years ago in Colorado, through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.

Instructions for the Teacher

The teacher’s document is 30 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding to the student notebook. It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Basin House site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of the Blue Knife Site’s basin house are provided for students to study and use.

Student Archaeology Notebook

The student notebook is 31 pages of articles and activities about the Blue Knife Site’s basin house. Mr. Clifford Duncan, a Ute Elder, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how pollen analysis assists in the interpretation of artifacts and the lifeways of the sites residents.

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