6052 USA Drive South
Mobile, AL 36688
Houston County Gifted and Talented
University of Alabama - Office of Archaeological Research
Alabama Archaeological Society
Professional Development Workshops:
Investigating Rock Art Through Archaeology – June 6-9th 2017
Discover the past through evidence from rock art archaeological sites.
Transform students’ perceptions of art and culture through studying archaeological sites.
Engage your students to think like archaeologists as they apply the tools of scientific inquiry to the investigation of art and culture.
Learn cross-curricular, inquiry-based methods for teaching social studies, science, and health enhancement.
Get in-depth instruction of the curriculum guide Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art.
Bring Project Archaeology back to your community to share what you learned.
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About 25 years ago, Linda Derry, Site Director of Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, sought to incorporate public outreach to school groups and teachers as a new audience for archaeology in Alabama. She attended a Project Archaeology workshop demonstrating archaeology activities from Intrigue of the Past at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). She thought the guide was great, she wouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel, and the lessons are teacher-tested! Generously, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) awarded a grant to fund the first Project Archaeology workshop in Alabama. The professional development opportunities were a huge success because teachers were actively seeking lessons about Native Americans. Alabama is home to many state recognized tribes including the Creek, Cherokee, and Choctaw. Also, Project Archaeology’s unique approach to teaching students about archaeology affected how archaeologists in the area approached public education.
Linda partnered with the Alabama Wildlife Federation to offer workshops and Ann Dolten offered a workshop every summer in South Alabama. With more support from her state’s historic and archaeology organizations, teacher interest, facilitators, and space (the learning center was struck by lightening), Linda would like to rejuvenate the Project Archaeology program in Alabama. Project Archaeology Investigating a Slave Cabin is a regionally appropriate shelter investigation for the state. A local investigation of an American Indian shelter would meet teachers needs, or a place-based guide for Old Cahawba, Alabama’s first state capital, could draw in local interest for archaeology and preservation.
As the site director of Old Cahawba, an archaeological park managed by the Alabama Historical Commission, Linda plans and conducts many public programs, designs interpretive materials, works with descendant communities, and builds public partnerships that actively protect archaeological sites. She has a distinguished career in archaeology education. She has served as the past chair of SAAs Excellence in Public Education Award Program, on the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Public Education and Interpretation Committee, on both the board and Public Education committee of the Alabama Archaeological Society, and is the Alabama State Project Archaeology Coordinator.