Discover the past through evidence from an archaeological site in Iraq!
This unique guide incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research paired with maps and artifacts to teach students about the people who lived during the Neolithic Revolution.  In this investigation students will use geography, history, and archaeology to learn about a Neolithic dwelling and the lives of people in ancient Mesopotamia.  Examine primary sources, artifacts, and maps of the Jarmo site to understand the Neolithic Revolution. Students “uncover” a real archaeological site, classify artifacts, and infer how the geographic area of the Middle East shaped the dwellings. Explore the use of traditional mudbrick architecture today with Professor Salma Samar Damluji, an Iraqi architect. Engage students in a debate on a current civic dilemma involving archaeology and preservation.



“The content presented is high level and addresses critical thinking skills.” - Chicago Teacher, 2014

Instructions for the Teacher:
The teacher’s document is 32 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student archaeology notebook. It includes a brief history of Jarmo. Quadrant maps of the light station site are provided for students to study how the dwelling was used by people who lived there.

Student Archaeology Notebook:
The student notebook is 32 pages of informational texts and data collection sheets about the Neolithic Revolution and a dwelling at Jarmo. Professor Salma Samar Damluji, an Iraqi architect informs students how ancient techniques are used today in modern architecture. To understand the lives of the people of Jarmo students investigate the objects they used, the plants and animals they cultivated and domesticated, and the landscape they inhabited. The students will learn how an archaeological site is interpreted, why it is important today, and how to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. The investigation contains all of the data sources and analytical tools the students will need to investigate a Neolithic Dwelling from the historical, archaeological, and cultural perspectives.


When you buy Investigating a Neolithic Dwelling in Jarmo you will also receive the essential companion products: Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter and access to online introductory videos.

Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter provides teachers and students with seven fundamental lessons on shelter and archaeology. With this pre-requisite, students are ready for Lesson Eight, an investigation of a shelter from the past, such as the Crow Plains Tipi. Finally, in Lesson Nine of Investigating Shelter students learn the enduring understanding that stewardship of archaeological sites and artifacts is everyone’s responsibility. Taught together, Investigating Shelter and Investigating a Neolithic Dwelling in Jarmo is a complete, comprehensive unit that truly allows for a deep understanding of shelter and archaeology. More information

Investigating Shelter videos are a professional development experience for educators in lieu of attending a Project Archaeology workshop. Watch Project Archaeology lessons in action! See a professional development workshop and a teacher guiding a 4th grade class through Investigating Shelter. Instructors model Understanding by Design and archaeological inquiry. Plus, see interviews with teachers and students! The videos are also available on our Teacher Page.

    1. Introduction – Why archaeology matters
    2. Investigating Shelter and Understanding by Design
    3. Lesson Two: By Our Houses You Will Know Us
    4. Lesson Four: Observation, Inference, and Evidence
    5. Lesson Six: Context Game
    6. Lesson Eight: Being an Archaeologist