Exploring Joara Foundation
P.O. Box 676
Mebane, NC 27302
Research Laboratories of Archaeology
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3120
Swansboro Middle School
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
North Carolina Project Archaeology partners with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to offer a North Carolina-specific Intrigue of the Past curriculum, supplementary lesson plans, school visits, and workshops for teachers.
Project Archaeology lesson plans for North Carolina are available in a book called Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina’s First Peoples, published by the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. Intrigue’s lessons were prepared by professional educators and archaeologists and are appropriate for students in grades 4-8.
Teachers can use Intrigue’s lessons to teach students about archaeology and the ancient cultures of North Carolina’s Indian peoples. In addition, all of these lessons are keyed to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and are designed to meet goals and objectives in science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and visual arts.
Teachers who wish to use these lessons in the classroom are strongly encouraged to first participate in a Project Archaeology workshop. More information about workshops can be found below.
Accessing the Curriculum
Supplementary Lesson Plans
The Research Laboratories of Archaeology offers supplementary lesson plans through teacher workshops. Designed to be compatible with education theories about how students engage with the past, these lessons encourage students to construct their own meaningful interpretations based on archaeological evidence, inquiry activities, and simulations. Available resources include replica artifacts, lesson plans, and activities pertaining to daily life in North Carolina from Paleoindian through modern times. These materials help students understand how human lifestyles changed over time, the relationship between lifestyles and environments, and how archaeology contributes to interpretations of the past.
Archaeologists from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology routinely make presentations to K-12 school groups, typically reaching hundreds of students during each school year. In addition to showing slides and sharing artifacts, they talk with students about “what archaeologists do.” RLA staff also provide technical expertise and materials for instructional use to teachers who are developing lesson plans on archaeology and North Carolina prehistory.
For further information, please contact Marissa Wojcinski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our teacher workshops bring archaeology to life and ensure optimal use of Intrigue of the Past and other available lesson plans. Participants learn about the science of archaeology and North Carolina’s ancient past through:
- • the expertise of professional archaeologists and teacher facilitators;
- • lessons and inquiry-based activities that are designed to teach basic concepts and principles;
- • discussions and activities regarding the ethics of archaeological site protection; and
- • consideration of American Indian perspectives on archaeological preservation.
Teacher workshops are offered on a regular basis across North Carolina. For a current schedule, please contact Theresa McReynolds Shebalin (email@example.com).