Draper Natural History Museum
Curator of Education
Wyoming State Museum
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Investigating an Archaic Basin House teaches students about a basin house used about 5,000 years ago in Colorado and about possible descendants of the people who lived there, through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.
It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Basin House site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of the Blue Knife Site’s basin house are provided for students to study and use.
Mr. Clifford Duncan, a Ute Elder, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how pollen analysis assists in the interpretation of artifacts and the lifeways of the sites residents.
Investigating a Rock Shelter teaches students about early life in Northwestern Colorado through authentic archaeological research conducted on the Red Army Rock Shelter Site.
It includes details about the excavations at the Red Army Rock Shelter site, as well as artifacts found and interpretations of the site. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site are provided for students.
Mr. Clifford Duncan, a Ute Elder, guides students through this investigation. Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind, how to analyze rock art, and why rock shelter sites are important to archaeologists and living descendants.
Investigating a Plains Tipi uses authentic archaeological and historical research paired with oral histories to teach students about the use and importance of the Plains Tipi in the past and present lives of Plains Indians.
It includes a brief history of different types of tipi construction specific to different tribes. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site, Walker Tipi Site in Wyoming are provided for students to study and use.
Dr. Medicine Crow guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology, the study of historic photographs, and oral histories students learn about the importance of the tipi in past and present communities.
WYOMING PROJECT ARACHAEOLOGY
Wyoming offers opportunities for teachers to put their hands on the land and experience the beautiful outdoors through summer camps for students and teacher workshops. Ranel Capron, BLM archaeologist, is the Wyoming Project Archaeology Coordinator and she has been a part of the program since the mid-nineties. She trained many Wyoming teachers how to bring archaeology into their classroom using lessons from Intrigue of the Past. She would love the opportunity to host a facilitator training and professional development using Investigating Shelter in her state for archaeologists and teachers like she did with Intrigue years ago. The training would help them bring archaeology education and outreach to their communities. Ranel thinks it is important to have archaeology education in Wyoming because there are opportunities for hands-on field experiences, and it is relevant with current events happening in the state concerning preservation and understanding different perspectives.
Wyoming has a tremendous group of Master Teachers from high school and middle school teachers to museum educators and archaeologists. Contact one of them anytime to discuss field trips, professional development courses, or curriculum guides that suit your grade and subject.
Rocky Mountain Schools Summer Academy 2013
The students of Rocky Mountain Middle School in Cowley, Wyoming have been seeing archaeology in action over the past three summers during a four-week long summer school program that uses Investigating Shelter as a focal point. Along with fellow Project Archaeology Master Teacher, Freda Miller, Ryan Boettcher use PA curriculum as the backbone for their comprehensive summer school program. The basic design revolves around using the discovery-based learning that PA provides in the classroom and apply this learning in the field during guided field trips.
Saratoga Elementary School, Saratoga, WY