Discover the past from an archaeological site in California!

Investigating a Wintu Roundhouse incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research to teach students about the use and importance of the Wintu Roundhouse in the past and present lives of Wintu people.

In this investigation, students will use geography, history, and archaeology to learn about roundhouses in northern California and the Wintu people who used them.

Examine illustrations, artifacts, and maps of a Wintu roundhouse located in Redding, California. Students meet Ted Dawson, a Nor-El Muk Wintu ethnobotanist and educator, by reading a biography. Then they analyze historic records, “uncover” a real archaeological site, classify artifacts, and infer how the geographic area of northern California shaped the roundhouse.

Explore the use of a roundhouse and the cultural correlations today.

  • Includes text by and about Wintu tribal members
  • Supports Common Core State Standards
  • Incorporates authentic data for students to analyze

The password is the first word on page 79 of the Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter curriculum guide.