Discover the past through evidence from a rock art site in Alabama!
In this curriculum, students examine the distant past through ancient images ancestors of the Chickasaw people created a left on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. Create rock art from authentic images using two different hands-on techniques. Explore how archaeologists study rock are to understand past cultures. Using archaeological inquiry, students will observe an authentic rock art panel at Painted Bluff and make inferences. Cultural background on the Chickasaw and an interpretation is provided by LaDonna Brown, a citizen of the Chickasaw tribe. In a short research project, students employ primary sources such as authentic archaeological data and oral history to demonstrate their knowledge.



"A great way for students to learn how to make inferences using something from their own school culture, and then build on that skill to read a piece of Rock Art from an ancient culture." - Johnna Hammond, Idaho teacher.

"I love it! The curriculum definitely promotes active students learning! It features such a great variety of activities that get students engaged with the past at this very important site in the state of Alabama." - Candice Cravins, Alabama archaeologist and museum educator


When you buy Investigating Medicine Rocks you will also receive the essential companion product. Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art provides teachers and students with three fundamental lessons on rock art and archaeology. With this prerequisite, students are ready for Lesson Four, an investigation of rock art from a different part of the United States, such as Medicine Rocks State Park. Finally, in Lesson Five of Investigating Rock Art students learn the enduring understand that stewardship of archaeological sites and artifacts is everyone's responsibility. Taught together, Investigating Rock Art and "Investigating Medicine Rocks" is a complete, comprehensive unit that truly allows for a deep understanding of archaeology and rock art.