Archaeology—it captures our imagination, encourages
our curiosity, and stimulates our sense of wonder. It
is a great teaching tool that excites and motivates
students, and it’s fun!
Classroom teachers can incorporate archaeology into
courses ranging from Art to Zoology, or teach it as
a unit within science or social studies classes. Scout
leaders, museum educators and park interpreters can
use archaeology in outdoor education, summer camps and
other public programs.
This unit provides educators with background information
on archaeology as well as hands-on and interactive activities
to introduce the fascinating field of archaeology to
students of all ages.
Why Teach With Archaeology?
Discover how archaeology excites and motivates students.
A social studies educator shares his experiences teaching
with archaeology in the Baltimore County Public
This unit could not have been produced without helpful
input from colleagues dedicated to archaeology outreach.
We would like to thank Stephanie Varholak, who was a
student intern in the Smithsonian’s Anthropology
Outreach Office when this project got underway, for
her insights and contribution to the initial drafts.
To our colleagues in Project Archaeology who generously
gave permission to include some of the materials from Intrigue of the Past and to the SAA’s
Public Education Committee who provided encouragement
and suggestions. To George Brauer, we are highly indebted
for his guidance in structuring this unit and in his
generosity in sharing some of his excellent educational
materials that we, in turn, can share with teachers
who like George want to give their students a challenging,
stimulating, and learned experience in the field of