Challenges in Archaeology (CIA)
In the new National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit, students and teachers are transported to world-renowned archaeological sites for hands-on adventures!
Preparing for Your Field Trip to do CIA
1. Do the Archaeology Challenge online and help Annie Archaeologist excavate a virtual dig site to discover clues to the past.
2. Watch our online video about Treasures of the Earth.
3. Download the Unit of StudyYou can also download the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth Unit of Study by clicking the image to the right. and and
Focus on what is archaeology and why is it important?
4. Download our field trip planning form to prepare for your trip.
"Be sure to have one chaperone per five students in order for everyone to read the tablets as a team."
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Field Trip Day
Equipped with mobile technology, teams of apprentice archaeologist will explore recreations of an ancient Egyptian tomb, the burial site of China's Terra Cotta Warriors, and the Caribbean shipwreck of the Cara Merchant. Students will collect clues to prove or disprove their team's hypothesis by exploring the gallery and gathering data in the archaeology lab.
Back in the Classroom
Following a visit to the museum, school groups will have the opportunity to review the clues and discuss what they learned based on the clues they uncovered in the exhibit.
Visit the CIA Summary page to review the clues that you and your class explored in the exhibit. Create your own magazine cover by drawing the clues you saw in the exhibit. You can also use some of the pictures in our collection for your magazine cover. Click here for instructions.