Learning About Archaeology: online lessons, events, and resources for teaching at home

Many of you have found yourselves as a classroom teacher for the first time, or you are an educator working on getting your classroom online. Project Archaeology wants to help you. We reached out to the hundreds of incredibly skilled Project Archaeology Network members to ask them about their online resources and events. Wow, did they deliver! We want to help get the word out about these resources and events. We have also included some resources we found on our own.   

These resources can be used in addition to the free Project Archaeology lessons we uploaded on March 23rd. We will update this blog every few days to make sure you have the most up-to-date information! Please, feel free to contact us or the contacts at each of these resource links with questions.  



  • University of Alabama Museums – Facebook livestreams @ 10am CST 
    • Daily streams from various UA institutions, including Moundville Archaeological Park, the Office of Archaeological Research, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History 
    • Master list of streaming links at https://museums.ua.edu/museumsfromyourhome/


  • Oriental Institute – new theme every week 
    • Description: Explore the ancient world from home with the Oriental Institute’s online resources and activities. Dive into our collections online, lose yourself in a lecture about an ancient civilization, or connect with the past through hands-on activities.
    • Link: https://oi.uchicago.edu/visit/join-us-online-and-explore-oi
  • James Madison’s Montpelier forum Thursday @ 11 am EDT
    • 9 April through 7 May 2020
    • $10 per session
    • Five week zoom course with senior Montpelier staff to learn more about the archaeology and history of one of the nation’s great houses. Topics include plantation archaeology, the Constitutional debates, and African American history.
    • Access via the James Madison’s Montpelier Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/JMMontpelier/events/
  • Museum of the Rockies–Tours for Tots alternate Tuesdays @ 10:10am MDT 
    • Series of tours that explore the museum collectiosn with an emphasis on early childhood education. Upcoming topics include hunter dinosaurs (4/14) and towers and bridges (4/28)
    • https://www.facebook.com/pg/mormsu/events/?ref=page_internal
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail–Fridays with a Ranger
    • Weekly videos with a National Park Service Ranger explaining fun historical, environmental, and archaeological aspects of Lewis and Clark’s infamous westward journey.
    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTrohL81Pxilap7NMHVQoQ
  • Archaeological Institute of America–Build Your Own Monument Challenge
    • To celebrate the tenth anniversary of International Archaeology Day, we invite you to try your hand at replicating some of the most iconic archaeological sites of all time. There will be separate competitions for youth, families, and adults and considerations will be made for the sites that are the most realistic and/or use the most original materials. We also encourage edible submissions!
    • Participating monuments will be Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, the Colosseum, and the Pyramids at Giza. See the website for the full schedule and to submit your monuments: https://www.archaeological.org/build-your-own/?fbclid=IwAR2mGRTLmrcA8A9y9N4HbCs44_63hC74V7BOdoXuKyJv4Rsy8uSlxME2k7Q
  • Penn Museum – Living Room Lectures @ 5:30pm EDT 
    • Upcoming lecture by Dr. Steve Tinney, the Penn Museum’s Deputy Director, who will share his expertise in Mesopotamian Myths. 



  • “InSights and InPerson: Connecting with the Truth/s of the past,” History Colorado
    • Tuesday, 28 April from 1-2:30 pm MDT
    • Curators from the History Colorado Center will be discussing the Espinosa brothers who were accused of killing more than 20 people in the early territorial period. Using historical documents as well as archaeological artifacts attributed to the brothers, the speakers will discuss the ways in which history can be interpreted in the past and the present.
    • Tickets are $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers; register by 26 April to mailto:tamar.mckee@state.co.us
  • Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology–Ask an Archaeologist! @ 11 am and 2pm PDT
    • Join us at 11 AM and 2 PM each day next week, April 20-24, for 30-min discussions with Cal archaeologists working around the world. Bring your questions for these interactive programs which will be streamed live on YouTube- ly/askarf
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park–The Land is Your Land: Live Piano and Vocal Performance
    • April 21 @ 10 am CDT
    • Let’s celebrate National Park Week! Join us on Facebook Live at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park for a piano and vocal performance of This Land is Your Land. Livestream begins promptly at 10 am.
    • This event is part of a larger effort by the San Antonio Missions to celebrate National Park Week. Other events include interactive art and poetry workshops and will be streamed on Instagram.
  • Archaeology Southwest–Archaeology Cafe
    • 5 May @ 6pm MST
    • John R. Welch, Director of Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Preservation Program will be guiding virtual tours of two of upland Arizona’s classic pueblos and earliest national historic landmarks, Casa Malpais and Kinishba. The talk explores parallels and convergences in the ancient histories and recent redevelopment efforts of these two great places. Learn what makes these places special, discover what they tell us about life long (and not so long) ago, and plan your future outing—all from home.
    • Register for the event through Zoom or catch up afterwards on Archaeology Southwest’s YouTube
    • https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/event/why-you-should-experience-casa-malpais-and-kinishba/



  • Places of Legend Podcasts 
    • 18 place-based, immersive episodes that explore different historic and archaeological sites, events, and people around the country such as the Molasses Flood of Boston; the Vampire Burials of Griswold, CT; Little Bighorn Battlefield; and the disappearance of Henry Hudson. A GIS-enabled website allows listeners to explore the places discussed as well as archival photos about the people and events. Available on all podcast platforms (just search for Places of Legend). Created by Angela M. Labrador and Neil A. Silberman.
    • http://placesoflegend.com/
  • Potbuilder app
    • https://potbuilder.net/
    • 3D pottery simulator that allows users to design a pot. Serious fun for the serious nerd.
  • Archaeological Institute of America–Interactive Digs
    • Interactive dig tours at a diverse selection of archaeological sites, including Petra, Sagalassos, Pompeii, and Mount Vernon.
    • https://www.interactivedigs.com/