Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Archaeologyland! Society for American Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology


"This set of hands-on, archaeology and cultural history-based activities is designed for archaeologists to use with the public at archaeology fairs and other non-formal classroom events. Each activity is laid out in 'recipe fashion' with directions about the minimum recommended age, a list of objectives about what the activity is trying to teach, and preparation and procedure steps -- including what materials need to be purchased or otherwise arranged for. Each activity has been successfully tested with children and each promotes a preservation message: How to report a find, how to protect a resource, and how to contact the State Historic Preservation Office. "

All activities are in PDF format.
  • Organizing an event
  • Visitor Orientation Information
  • Activities
    • Pottery Design Replication
      • Ages 5+
      • Use clay and incising tools to replicate ceramic designs.
      • "Provides an introduction to artifact replication as a way of learning about past technology; introduces the terms "artifact" and "sherd"; introducaes the idea that archaeologists study small pieces of objects used in the past, not just whole, unbroken artifacts."
    • Pottery Design Transfer
      • Ages 7 +
      • Use an ink transfer process to record pottery designs.
      • "Provides an introduction to vocabulary- "arifact", "sherd", "context"; introduces ideas regarding what an artifact can "tell" archaeologists; introduces a technique that archaeologists use to record pottery decorations"
    • The Archaeology Laboratory
      • Ages 5+
      • Measure, weigh, and draw artifacts or replicas of artifacts.
      • "Provides an introduction to methods of measuring and weighing artifacts used in an artifact processing laboratory."
    • The Cordage Site
      • Ages 5+
      • Make a cordage bracelet using raffia and a bead.
      • "Provides an introduction to the making of cordage, and the preservation of perishable materials."
    • The Pictograph Wall
      • All
      • Contribute to the production of a rock art panel by leaving a hand print.
      • "Provides an introduction to how pictographs are produced and their significance as a means of communicating.. Also provides information on the preservation of rock art sites."
    • The Pottery Village Site
      • Ages 5+
      • Color pot designs then cut them into "sherds" to make a pot puzzle.
      • "Provides an introduction to cultures, pottery types, and pot sherds."
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