700 Luther Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
Stearns History Museum
St. Joseph, MN
Minnesota Project Archaeology launched in 2016! The Minnesota Program is located at Bethany Lutheran College. We are a state network of educators and archaeologists working to connect teachers and students to the past through archaeology. We provide archaeology-based curriculum to teachers through professional development workshops. You can check out the Project Archaeology calendar to see upcoming summer workshops in Minnesota.
Courtney Agenten is the Minnesota Coordinator for Project Archaeology. Previously, she worked at the National Project Archaeology office at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana as the Special Projects Coordinator. In her position, she coordinated the Leadership Academy to train Master Teachers across the nation to bring archaeology education back to their community. She supported the national network through coordinator conferences and communicating new strategies in teaching and marketing. Courtney is still a committed curriculum writer for the national office and has written manuscripts for four curriculum guides:
- Project Archaeology: Investigating a Roman Villa (2018)
- Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art “Painted Bluff Rock Art” (2017)
- Project Archaeology: Investigating Nutrition, The Advent of Agriculture in Mesopotamia (2015)
- Project Archaeology: Investigating the First Peoples. The Clovis Child Burial (2014)
Prior to joining Project Archaeology, Courtney taught secondary social studies, math, and drama at Petra Academy in Bozeman, MT. She incorporated archaeology, primary source documents, and hands-on projects to tangibly connect students to the past. She received her BA in History Education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Her interest in archaeology has led to three field school experiences: Iron Age sites in both Israel and Jordan, and a Montana battlefield. Her archaeological and teaching experience has inspired her to make archaeology and history relevant for the public, especially schoolchildren.
In this investigation students will study the wickiup, a type of shelter used by the Meskwaki and other Native American people living throughout the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes region at the time of European contact. The word wickiup comes from the Algonquian word wi kiy bi or wi·kiya·pi meaning lodge or house. The lesson will introduce the circular, domed, pole-and-mat-or bark-covered winter home of the Meskwaki called the A-ba-ge-ka-ni (ah bah GWAY KAH nee).
It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Midwestern Wickiup site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site are provided for students to study and use.
Mr. Johnathan Buffalo, a member of the Meskwaki, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how artifacts assist archaeologists in understanding the lifeways of the site’s residents. Students learn about the importance of archaeological sites such as the Midwestern Wickiup today.