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Public Education Committee--
Update

Teresa L. Hoffman

PEC Newsletter is Revitalized - Archaeology and Public Education (A&PE), the newsletter of the PEC, is now live on SAAweb as e-A&PE at www.saa.org/Education/PubEd/a&pe/index.html . The year 2000 will be a test year for this publication whose goal is to provide information on archaeology public education to teachers and archaeologists. e-A&PE is linked off SAAweb with a menu that includes topics such as News/Notes, Events, PEC Subcommittee News, and Back Issues of A&PE.

According to editor Mary Kwas, e-A&PE will be published quarterly with posting dates in the winter (December 1), spring (March 1), summer (June 1), and fall (September 1). News items should be submitted to the editor at least two weeks before the posting date. Relatively short contributions, highlighting the important details in one to four brief paragraphs, are required. When appropriate, include the phone number, snail mail address, or email/web address where readers can go for further details. Kwas also is looking for column or regional editors to assist in finding and editing news reports. More information on e-A&PE and complete contribution guidelines may be obtained from Kwas at mkwas@comp.uark.edu.

Games that Enrich Archaeological Studies - Archaeology continues to be a popular topic for computer simulation and board games that are used for educational (and entertainment) purposes. As an archaeologist, parent, or adviser to educators, how do you evaluate these materials? Help is now available from the PEC, thanks to a publication called Games that Enrich Archaeological Studies. Games evaluates 14 products and rates each according to a matrix of five concepts the PEC has identified as important for teaching archaeology education. The five concepts include

(1) cultural systems are the focus of anthropological study;

(2) antiquity is a fundamental element of archaeological study;

(3) archaeology is the study of cultures, based on the material remains;

(4) humans affect and are affected by cultural resources; and

(5) stewardship of archaeological resources saves the past for the future.

The rating system notes which important archaeological concepts are included so that educators can use the games to enrich archaeological studies. Collectively, the games cover a wide audience of users, including 3rd through 6th grade levels (ages 8­12) and college level or advanced high school.

This publication will be available on the SAAweb in the future. In the meantime, copies can be obtained from Margaret A. Heath, Heritage Education Program, Imagination Team, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 758, Dolores, CO 81323. ·

Teresa L. Hoffman, associate editor for the Public Education Committee column, is with Archaeological Consulting Services in Tempe, Arizona.

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