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 Online Archaeological Experiences

These websites offer students a variety of online archaeological experiences including tours of archaeological sites, interactive digs and lessons, and archaeology games.

 The Archaeology Channel
Website has streaming media (with audio) on a variety of archaeological sites and subjects. To use this site, you will need Windows Media Player or RealOne, free programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. The website’s Video Guide allows you to sort by location as well as title. These short (less than 20 minutes) videos are usually narrated by the archaeologists working at the site. The Audio section contains interviews with archaeologists, Audio News from Archaeologica, and a series of audio essays created by anthropologists at the University of New Mexico

Archaeology for Kids Online
Links to many cool sites, including some with online archaeology games.

Archaeology’s Interactive Dig
Archaeology Magazine produces this web page which features a current dig that is updated regularly by archaeologists in the field so that visitors to the website can follow the progress of the research. Five years of previous digs are archived on the site.  Although each site is different most include field reports, dig diaries, and interviews with staff and students. Some include virtual site tours, which require a (free) plug-in to view.  A wide variety of sites are featured including historical, prehistoric, Old and New World, and underwater excavations.

Sites Tours at About Archaeology.com
This page has links to many virtual (some computer generated) site tours from both the Old and New World, including Stonehenge, Easter Island, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Petra, Corinth, and Catalhoyuk.  Includes still photos, QuickTime movies that require the (free) plug-into to make them work.

Uluburun Shipwreck Project
This simulated archaeological excavation of a late Bronze Age shipwreck in the eastern Mediterranean Sea focuses on the extensive trade connections between civilizations during that period.  An interactive site map allows students to explore the artifacts from the shipwreck and answer research questions posed by the archaeologists. 

Web sites with interactive activities for kids