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Lesson 1: Archaeology

Lesson Links
  1. Dig Into History -- Mesopotamia The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago has a great site with interactive web features that allow you to dig for artifacts in Iraq and curate a museum exhibit with what you find. Visitors to the site can manage a dig, deciding where to dig and how to address problems that may come up during the excavation. You can explore a large number of artifacts, zoom in on them, and decide whether or not the found objects support the quest statement of the dig. You can also add your own text to your images, print out your notes, and create an exhibit explaining an aspect of Mesopotamian civilization. Working through the online dig and creating a museum exhibit may be time-consuming, so be sure to set aside adequate time for the activity.
  2. Hunt the Ancestor This game from the BBC allows visitors to make decisions about how to proceed on a dig site in England. As you consider questions like whether to explore government records before taking aerial photographs or which tools to use to unearth artifacts, you'll learn about the budgetary constraints that archaeologists face and learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches. This site is not focused on the geographic area and time period of this unit, but it does provide interesting insights into the practice of archaeology.
  3. LEARN North Carolina If your child is especially interested in archaeology or you wish to extend this lesson, perhaps involving other children in your family in an exploration of archaeology, you may find "Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina's First Peoples" from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be a helpful resource. While the lesson plans and teaching ideas are designed for a public school setting and the specific artifacts included are from North Carolina, there are a number of creative activities about the fundamental concepts, process of, and issues in archaeology that could readily be adapted to a homeschool setting and that are not focused exclusively on the native peoples of North Carolina. You can find this resource, which includes many printable documents for student use, on the website of LEARN North Carolina.
  4. Life Application The "Life Application" section of this lesson encourages your family to watch a video documentary about an archaeological expedition together. Your public library staff may be able to offer some recommendations for age-appropriate videos that are available in the library's collection. If your family finds a video that you especially like, you can share your recommendations with other families using Moving Beyond the Page in the IdeaShare section of the Moving Beyond the Page website.
  5. Dig Deeper Quiz This quiz from the BBC allows visitors to answer questions about archaeology and add another piece to an artifact jigsaw puzzle with each correct answer.
  6. Archaeology Magazine For parents -- this site from Archaeology Magazine provides links to websites about different ongoing digs. These sites often include field notes, journals, and other information from archaeologists. This site is not aimed at children, so you may wish to explore the site independently and then share anything that you find interesting and appropriate with your child.
  7. Archaeology for Kids from the National Park Service: This site includes online exploration opportunities, links to websites about archaeology, and recommendations for books, videos, and other resources.
  8. Archaeology in Your State This link will also allow visitors to search for archaeology-related destinations in their own states.
  9. Archaeological Analysis This site from the Royal Ontario Museum allows you to explore layers of artifacts from an 1850's home. While the time and place is very different from that covered in this unit, the information about archaeology and the ways in which archaeologists put together clues to learn more about the people who lived in a particular time and place is very interesting.
  10. What Is Archeology? -
  11. Middle School Archeological Dig -
  12. Basin Depot Interactive Dig The Basin Depot is a dig site along the Little Bonnechere River in Canada. You can prepare for the dig by first printing out the field notes and artifact catalog. Once you're on the interactive dig page, click the How to Dig button to learn how the interactive dig works.
  13. Digging Archaeology The PBS Kids program Sci Girls has an episode called "Digging Archaeology" in which two girls have the chance to work with an archaeologist and learn about archaeology first-hand. To access the video, scroll through the list of videos on the right side of the screen (you may need to click "More Videos") and then select the "Digging Archaeology" video.


cool! - posted from Newport, WA


Interactive Dig of Mesopotamia - posted from Sandy, UT

Archaeology's Interactive Dig - posted from FPO, AE

An ancient Minoan excavation in Zominthos, Crete.

Concept 1: Semester 1
+ Unit 1: Egypt and Mesopotamia
-----1: Archaeology (3)
-----2: Early Mesopotamia (1)
-----3: The Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, and Persians (3)
-----4: Egyptology (2)
-----5: Ancient Egypt and Its History (0)
-----6: Egyptian Royalty and Religion (0)
-----7: Daily Life in Egypt (2)
-----Final Project: Archaeological Expedition or Web-based Tour (3)
+ Unit 1: The Hydrosphere
+ Unit 1: The Pearl
+ Unit 2: A Girl Named Disaster
+ Unit 2: Africa Today
+ Unit 2: The Atmosphere
+ Unit 3: Australia and Oceania
+ Unit 3: The Hobbit
+ Unit 3: The Lithosphere
+ Unit 4: A Single Shard
+ Unit 4: Ancient Asia
+ Unit 4: Ecosystems and Ecology
+ Unit 5: Asia Today
+ Unit 5: Earth Cycles and Systems
+ Unit 5: Independent Study


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