Other Educational Resources on the Internet
Society for American Archaeology - Resources for Educators
This site includes a printable overview of the importance of teaching archaeology in the classroom, sample lessons, definition of relevant terms, and links for other free publications. (Grades 3-12)
Smithsonian in Your Classroom - Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
This site offers an overview of the study of archaeology and three complete lesson plans that demonstrate archaeological techniques and how inferences are made. The entire document, including lesson plans, is downloadable and printable.
Traces: Historic Archaeology
This site provides a series of lessons with associated web links that present the types of artifacts recovered by archaeologists and what can be learned by studying them. (Grades 3-5)
Artifacts 1: What Can We Learn From Artifacts?
This is part one of two lessons on using artifacts to learn about people. Students will learn how to identify artifacts, how they are recovered, and what information can be obtained through their study. (Grades 3-5)
Artifacts 2: Artifacts in Context
This is part two of a lesson on using artifacts to learn about people. Students will learn about the relevance of context in retrieving information from artifacts. (Grades 3-5)
Old Mobile Archaeology
Although some sections of this site are specific to Alabama archaeology, many are generic and can be used in any classroom. Lessons demonstrate what archaeologists study, the meaning of culture, field techniques used by archaeologists, types of artifact analysis, and preservation issues. Most lessons include vocabulary definitions, discussion questions and hands-on activities. (Grades K-12)
LaSalle Shipwreck Project
This site offers a complete discussion of the history and archaeology of the Belle, a shipwreck located in Matagorda Bay, Texas. It also includes several printable lesson plans from a text entitled "Clues on Common Ground: The Fort St. Louis Archeological Project." (Grade 4)
Effigy Mounds National Monument Online Teachers’ Guide
Although this site is based in Northeast Iowa, it provides the teacher with several printable lesson plans and glossaries related to archaeology in general. Regional background information on prehistory, history, geology and ecology are also available when appropriate. (All grade levels)
This simple lesson demonstrates the type of information that can be obtained about prehistoric cultures through artifacts. (Grades 5-7)
T.H.E.N. (The Heritage Education Network)-Archeology
An introduction to archaeology as well as definitions for archaeological terms can be found here. Also available are several classroom activities and lessons with links for further learning.
National Park Service-Archaeology and Ethnography
Teacher Resources. This page provides a general guide for teaching archaeology with links to sites with educational resources and activities for kids. (All grade levels)
Frequently Asked Questions about a Career in Archaeology in the U.S.
This page provides information about available jobs and training for students interested in becoming archaeologists. It also includes an extensive list of references for learning more about archaeology and contact information for volunteer opportunities.
Kids Dig Reed-Reed Archaeological Farmstead
This site includes information about the Reed Farmstead archaeological site in West Virginia and provides online interactive activities for explaining archaeology and methods. The activities are more game and fun oriented than most sites. (Younger audience)
dig - The Archaeology Magazine for Kids
Students can ask questions online from "ask dr. dig" and view frequently asked questions. A "fantastic factoids" section allows the reader to view brief articles from past dig magazines. An extensive archaeological glossary and list of links is also available.
Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?
This online activity allows students to study the decline of several major world civilizations. The student is encouraged to make inferences from data collected by archaeologists. Also provides an extensive list of online references, activities and other available resources. (Grades 6-8)
The Dating Game
This site provides an understandable scientific explanation for radiocarbon dating. Interactive illustrations are also used to demonstrate chemical processes. Intended for older students.
Build a Tree-Ring Timeline
This site provides a discussion of dendrochronology or the use of tree rings as dating techniques in archaeology. Intended for older students.
Indiana Jones Meets Reality: Adventure into Archaeology
The information provided at this site illustrates a realistic picture of archaeology as a scientific study. The simple presentation and term definitions make for easy reading. Numerous photographs accompany this text.