Why Teach Archaeology Today?
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.
10 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 are available. 10: Culturally relevant curricula for underserved audiences.
Project Archaeology is a national archaeology education program founded by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for educators and their students. It was developed in the early 1990s for three purposes: to develop awareness of our nation’s diverse and fragile archaeological sites, to instill a sense of personal responsibility for stewardship of these sites, and to enhance science literacy and cultural understanding through the study of archaeology. The program began in Utah in 1990 as a statewide project to combat the vandalism and looting of archaeological sites. CONTINUE READING "Our History, Our New Journey"
Project Archaeology is Composed of Four Integral Components: High-quality grade-level and regionally appropriate curricular materials. Professional development for formal and informal educators. Continuing professional support. A national network of archaeology educators. We are a National Network Project Archaeology operates through a national network of state and regional programs. These programs offer local workshop and institutes for educators; experiences for school groups and family learners at archaeological sites, museums, and visitor centers; and continuing support for Project Archaeology teachers. CONTINUE READING "Four Key Components"
PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGY PARTICIPANTS DISCOVER THE SCIENCE OF ARCHAEOLOGY THROUGH: lesson plans that teach basic concepts and principles; the expertise of professional archaeologists; discussions of the need to preserve and protect sites and artifacts; and consideration of Native American and other cultural perspectives on archaeological preservation. CONTINUE READING "Participation Opportunities"
Check Out What Others Think of Project Archaeology Project Archaeology is a national leader in archaeology education and provides a way for federal agencies to fulfill Section 106 compliance goals. Project Archaeology develops and distributes high-quality education products in conjunction with Section 106 projects and delivers them to educators through professional development. The national reach of the program ensures wide-spread distribution of products. Because Project Archaeology is a permanent national program, new products will be distributed through the National Network of State and Regional Project Archaeology programs, through the Internet and direct sales to educators. CONTINUE READING "Testimonials"