Units of Study
As a multidisciplinary field of study, archaeology offers the opportunity to investigate history, cultures, mathematics, chemistry, botany, biology, linguistics, and much more. As if working through a giant, never-ending puzzle, archaeologists continue seeking answers and asking new questions. Using all of the tools available, archaeologists collect clues and answer questions about what happened in the past.
In this unit of study, designed with layered experiences for Grades 3–5 and 6–8, students will become familiar with archaeology through a series of hands-on explorations. Throughout this unit students will learn to think like an archaeologist, asking questions, examining clues, and considering a variety of issues archaeologists must face. Students will also be exposed to information about the cultures that created the three archaeological sites featured in the exhibit in order to better prepare them for an on-site visit.
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