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Archeology: Excavation to Curation

from Midwest Archeological Center - NPS

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Explore Archeology from excavation to curation with our five-part,  interactive series perfect for school breaks, classroom units, day camps, and more! The series contains Introduction to Archeology, Archeological Sites, Excavation & Tools, Mapping, and Analysis & Curation. Each module has dynamic student activities to provide a deeper understanding of the past. Supplemental tactile learning activities are available upon request to enhance learning long after the program is over!

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This program is offered for FREE through the National Park Service.


~45 min (adjustable time frame) per module (five modules total)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This event consists of five, ~ 45 minute lectures. It cannot be completed in one day. We suggest a week-long activity completing one lecture and activity a day, or spread them out throughout a month, etc. Please request this program 2 weeks in advance and allow for a technology check at least 24 hours before the program is scheduled. MWAC is available for programming Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm CST.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify MWAC content providers within 24 hours of a scheduled program in order to cancel or reschedule. There is no cancellation fee.

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Midwest Archeological Center - NPS

Lincoln, NE
United States

The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) provides leadership in archeological
resource management. MWAC uses archeological expertise and innovative research
methods to support the National Park Service and partners in documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources, data, and collections, with the goal of sharing this information with the public to advance our understanding of history and
human behavior.

Rebecca Wiewel
(402) 437-5392

Program Details


Intro to Archeology
1. The program begins by learning about the Midwest Archeological Center and the National Park Service.
2. Introduce archeology and discuss what archeologists do!
3. Complete "What is an Artifact" activity.
4. Discuss with an archeologist about the significance of archeological sites and how students can help preserve the past in our National Parks!

Archeological Sites
1. Learn about all the different types of archeological sites and how they relate to your current history lessons.
2.Explore different archeological sites in the Midwest region of the United States, focusing on sites students may be able to visit!
3.Discuss how archeologists find and survey archeological sites, and why these sites are important.
*Supplemental activity available to conduct your own archeological survey!

Excavation & Tools
1. From pencils to lasers, students learn the methods archeologists use to uncover and record history.
2. Learn about the different types of excavations and archeological tools.
3. View a video and complete a tool match-up activity.

1. Engage in the importance of note-taking in the field.
2. Introduce and discuss the concept of the "human footprint".
3. Presentation and activity on site mapping.
*Supplemental activity available to map your own site in the classroom!

Analysis and Curation
1. Explore the final steps of what happens after an artifact is excavated, including lab work and curation.
2. View a video on this process.
3.Explore the importance of "context" in archeological research,
4. Complete activities that demonstrate these principles.

Q&A and interactive discussion is encouraged throughout all programs!


Participants will:
- understand the basic definition of archeology.
- explore the role of archeologists in the National Park Service.
- engage in the principles of stewardship and cultural resource management.
-assess the benefits of studying archeology.
-recognize their role in preserving sites.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1c -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.3 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.1c -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.3 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RI.7 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.SL.1 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.SL.1d -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.SL.3 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.1 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.3 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.1 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.3 -- Speaking and Listening
MATH -- CCSS.MATH.K.MD.1 -- Measurement and Data
MATH -- CCSS.MATH.K.MP.5 -- Mathematical Practices