Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
The Kansas Historical Society (KSHS) became involved in Project Archaeology in 2002, when the new national curriculum was being developed. The Pawnee earthlodge investigation in Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter (2009) depicts the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site (14RP1) in Republic, Kansas.
Project Archaeology in Kansas combines the national curriculum with Kansas-specific units on shelter, subsistence, and migration (http://www.kshs.org/project_archaeology). The Kansas-specific units were developed in consultation with national Project Archaeology, the Kansas Department of Education, a teacher advisory group, and the KSHS Education/Outreach Division. Funding was provided by the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office, and units are furnished to Kansas teachers free of charge.
KSHS Public Archeologist Virginia Wulfkuhle collaborates with the Education/Outreach Division of the Kansas Historical Society to present Project Archaeology to teachers at a variety of education conferences and in-service trainings. In addition, Wulfkuhle offers a teacher workshop each summer, partnering with regional education service centers and historic sites. Dr. Lauren Ritterbush and Dr. Brad Burenheide at Kansas State University in Manhattan introduce College of Education students to Project Archaeology curriculum materials.
Seven Kansas teachers are graduates of the national Leadership Academy in Bozeman. State Coordinator Virginia Wulfkuhle was honored to serve on the national Leadership Team from 2007 to 2011. Kansas was involved in two phases of the Honda Foundation grant, Archaeology as Culturally Relevant Science Education in 2007 and 2009.
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Investigating a Pawnee Earthlodge teaches students about a Pawnee shelter called an Earthlodge, the history of their ancestors, and about the Pawnee tribe today through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.
It includes a brief history of the Pawnee tribe, including details about their livelihood, traditions, and Earthlodge home. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of a Pawnee Earthlodge in Kansas are provided for students to study and use.
Mr. Warren Pratt, a member of the Pawnee tribe, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology and oral histories students learn how a site is interpreted, why it is important to today’s communities, and the importance of preserving sites for future generations.