Two curriculums are currently available for your use in teaching archaeology.
Project Archaeology was developed by the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council (PAC) and consists of a lesson plan, student text, and a supplemental unit in PDF format. As outlined in the lesson plan, the lessons address several needs:
“First, they were designed to facilitate reading comprehension. Second, they address powerful ideas, abilities, and issues which are identified by the state and national education standards. It is the position of the project team that Pennsylvania’s archaeological past is interesting, exciting, and useful for addressing a variety of these standards.”
The student text contains the following sections:
SECTION ONE – BASIC CONCEPTS
Chapter 1 -- What Is Anthropology?
Chapter 2 -- What Is Archaeology?
Chapter 3 -- Meet an Archaeologist
Chapter 4 -- How Do Archaeologists Do Their Work?
Chapter 5 -- How Old Is It?
SECTION TWO – PENNSYLVANIA BEFORE THE EUROPEANS
Chapter 6 -- History and Culture in Pennsylvania Place Names
Chapter 7 -- What Was Pennsylvania Like Before European Contact?
Chapter 8 -- Where Did the Ancestors of Native Americans Come From?
Chapter 9 -- Native American History in Pennsylvania Before the Europeans
SECTION THREE - COMPARING CULTURES
Chapter 10 -- What Basic Needs Do All Cultures Meet?
Chapter 11 -- Written in Stone: Pre-European Rock Art in Pennsylvania
Chapter 12 -- Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Chapter 13 -- Who Are the Maya?
The Lesson Plan (PDF, 6 MB)
The Student Text (PDF, 11 MB)
Supplement: Lesson Plans for Teaching about the Ancient Maya (PDF, 2 MB)
Table Top Archaeology provides information on setting up a box for simulating an archaeological dig in the classroom. A table top project gives students an opportunity to confront the decisions, challenges, and even the mistakes that can occur during an excavation. The teacher’s guide provides direction in teaching techniques of excavating, interpreting, and reporting an archaeological project. Lesson plans, instructional materials, and a list of professional contacts are included in the appendices.
The Teacher’s Guide (PDF, 64 KB)
Construction Drawing (PDF, 11 KB)
Professional Assistance (PDF, 16 KB)
Annotated Bibliography (PDF, 17 KB)