FREE! Archaeology Live-Streaming from Harvard Yard: Discovering Colonial Student Life

by  Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)

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FREE! Archaeology Livestreaming from Harvard Yard: Discovering Colonial Student Life.

Register your class for a virtual visit to a live archaeology dig into the eighteenth century.  College student excavators uncover history around Harvard’s Holden Chapel which housed a soldiers’ barracks during the American revolution among other activities. Your class will meet the excavation directors who explain the project and the questions they are seeking to answer with archaeological evidence. College students demonstrate excavation methods and show what they have uncovered during their participation in the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project. This livestream is run by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Education Department, one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)Recommended for grades 4-12.

Click the link to access the Teacher Resources: https://bit.ly/3EMCZdS

This is a special event and will be offered only once this year! = Thursday, October 12th  from 2:00 - 2:45 pm EST (Rain Date: Thursday, October 19th) Please use the following link to register for the event https://bit.ly/3Zohb1B 

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This is a FREE program


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:

no minimum

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History /Archaeology /Anthropology

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. . Watch a time-lapse view of the 2014 excavation site in Harvard Yard. The "Archaeology of Harvard Yard" class was looking for more evidence of Harvard's 17th-century Indian College.

Booking Information

This is a special event and will be offered only once this year! = Thursday, October 12th from 2:00 - 2:45 pm EST (Rain Date: Thursday, October 19th) Please use the following link to register for the event https://bit.ly/3Zohb1B

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)

Cambridge, MA
United States

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a
partnership of four Harvard museums designed to coordinate captivating
programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating
exhibits. HMSC invites you to connect with Harvard University's
distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations,
biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology:
From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. The museum is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium.

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East:
Journey from Egypt to Mesopotamia through galleries that showcase the history, languages, and cultures of the ancient Near East - the region that brought us the alphabet, the pyramids, and other wonders of the ancient world. The museum, founded in 1889, houses more than 40,000 ancient Near Easten artifacts, many from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia. The Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East uses these collections to investigate and teach Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture. The museum is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium.

Harvard Museum of Natural History:
The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in
1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative
Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological
Museum. Presenting these incomparable collections and the research of
scientists across the University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s
mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural
world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery
in people of all ages.

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments:

The core mission of the Collection of Historical
Scientific Instruments is to preserve, document, and care for over 20,000
instruments portraying the history of science teaching and research at Harvard
from the Colonial period to the 21st century. Through its lively exhibit and
teaching programs, web presence, and increasing involvement in critical media
practices, the CHSI’s research activities and cultural initiatives intersect
and bring together a multiplicity of academic disciplines and areas of
professional museum expertise. The CHSI is both a specialized institution and
an experimental space, where Harvard Faculty and students, instrument scholars
and museum experts meet in the production of object-based knowledge.

Cathy Disanzo

Program Details


1. Introduction (including location: New England; Massachusetts)
2. Excavation directors explain the big picture: Give context and background for the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project”: Explain why archaeology - and this project - is important. Tell the goals for this year: what they are looking for and what big questions they hope to answer. Explain what’s happening at the dig site today.
3. Meet the student archaeologists: observe their roles, techniques, & equipment


Students will:
1. Learn what archaeology is and why it’s important.
2. Observe archaeological methods and the workings of an active dig.
3. Learn about the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project and colonial college students in New England
4. Learn what skills, education, and training are needed to become an archaeologist.