Excavating the Past: An Archaeology Simulation for the Elementary Classroom

„“X” marks the spot! Hidden treasures! Pirates! Lost civilizations! Adventure! and Danger! This is what excites students about archaeology. The idea of finding the unknown or a lost treasure is an excellent motivator when starting a lesson on archaeology. However, most notions students hold regarding archaeology are misconceptions brought on by Hollywood films like Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Tomb Raider. Nonetheless, archaeology is important and interesting. Archaeology is a branch of anthropology that studies the material remains of past societies. Through the study of material remains archaeologists 1) obtain a chronology of the past, 2) reconstruct the many ways of life that no longer exist, and 3) give some understanding of why human culture has changed through time. The following three questions were posed to elementary students in an attempt to understand the evolution of human  culture, society and technology. What is archaeology? What does an archaeologist do? Why is archaeology important?“

Autor: William B. Russell

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Aufgabe 75.2, 2014

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