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.
“Project Archaeology is a perfect vehicle for fulfilling the public outreach obligation for Section 106 treatment plans. What better way to reach a wide audience than providing teachers with hands-on experience to take back to their students? Metcalf Archaeology’s engagement with Project Archaeology was one of the best decisions we have made. Not only has it been good for the teachers, it has forced us to think about our work in a manner that enables better communication with the public at large.”
-Michael D. Metcalf, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
“I think that archaeologists understand the importance of public outreach but are reluctant to take it on because most of us have no experience or training in this area. We need to remember that we don’t have to do this alone. Just as archaeologists hire specialists to conduct ancillary studies, archaeologists can hire professionals who excel at public outreach. Project Archaeology was able to take the archaeological data generated by our project and present it in a meaningful way to students and teachers. Their “Investigating Shelter” module covers scientific concepts and historical information, while fostering cultural understanding and imparting the importance of preserving archaeological sites.”
-Susan Chandler-Reed, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
Examples of 106 Funded Projects
Project Archaeology: Investigating a Basin House
Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. contracted Project Archaeology to help mitigate the effects of an energy transportation project in Colorado.
Project Archaeology: Investigating a Rock Shelter
Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. contracted Project Archaeology to help mitigate the effects of an energy transportation project in Colorado.
Curricula in Progress
Project Archaeology: Investigating a Fremont Pithouse
Rocky Mountain Power contracted Project Archaeology to help mitigate the effects of an energy transportation project.
Project Archaeology: Investigating Migration
This curriculum was partially funded by an energy transportation project in Wyoming.
Project Archaeology: Investigating a Shotgun House
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet funded this project as part of creative mitigation for a highway project in Lexington, Kentucky.
Archaeological teacher field school at Browns Park
Multiple Teacher professional development workshops