Archaeology Lesson Ideas
On this page, I have included several activities to do near the end of the unit! These can be used as stations or singular lessons. Many are current Archaeological dig sites that make Archaeology come alive, present and relevant!
This tour gives students the opportunity to see prehistoric paintings. The Activity I have created here first sends them to information on Mr. Donn's site to give them context. Then they take the tour.
Great Video Clips where students can watch artifacts being unearthed at an active archaeology site. "Zominthos is the first Greek excavation that employs a wearable camera (Looxcie II) to record moments of the excavation. The camera is mounted on the ear and aims to the areas that eyes see. In such a way, the captured scenes follow exactly the same movements that the head and the eyes do allowing an immersive experience in the observation of the excavation process."
Video: Tour of Zomithos Project in Crete
I suggest Watching this before the Zomithos Interactive Dig to give context to the Interactive Dig Activity.
Coin Study Activity
I have been doing the coin study activity with classes for many years now. It is a great activity that allows students to exercise their critical thinking skills!
Collapse - Why do Civilizations Fall - The Mayans
Great information with hands-on activities where students explore the concepts. They look at archeological clue and the then determine why the civilization fell.
Students use this sheet to record their findings and draw their conclusions.
An Archaeologist from a current project in Belize discusses what little sites can tell archaeologists about larger civilizations. This is specifically about the Mayans.
Kid Friendly Information written from team members on an expedition into Mayan Caves in Belize. Well written modern example of archaeology.