Discovering Archaeology in New Mexico


Intrigue of the Past: Discovering Archaeology in New Mexico supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science.  Theguide supplements Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades. The interdisciplinary lessons within Discovering Archaeology in New Mexico facilitate literacy instruction across the content areas while also promoting the development of critical thinking skills.  Lessons include problem solving, scientific inquiry, observation-inference, cooperative learning, and citizenship skills as students learn about the people ofNew Mexico’s past and present.  This curriculum uses information about different groups of people residing inNew Mexico throughout history.  Developing an understanding of the importance of stewardship of archaeological sites through the appreciation of the lives of people who previously occupiedNew Mexico is the goal.  Archaeology, an interdisciplinary field, provides a natural integration of science with language arts, mathematics, social studies, and history.

Intrigue of the Past: Discovering Archaeology in New Mexico is published by the Bureau of Land Management’s Heritage Education Program, Project Archaeology.


iv Credits

vi Introduction

viii Foreword

x Preface

xi Introduction to Educators

xii How to Use This Book

xiii Illustration Credits

1 The Paleo-Indian Period

2 The Archaic Period

3 The AncestralPueblo: Basketmaker II toPuebloI

4 The Ancestral Pueblo: PuebloII

5 The Ancestral Pueblo: PuebloIII toPuebloIV

6 The Mogollon Area

7 The Spanish Entrada and the Early Spanish Colonial Period

8 The Athapaskan Peoples of New Mexico


1 Teacher Lesson Plans

2 References

3 Resources for Teachers

4 Evaluation Form

5 Student Glossary

6  Index