Kansas Historical Society

Introducing Project Archaeology to Teachers

Friday, July 26, was the third day in a five-day Project Archaeology teacher workshop in Topeka, Kansas, sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and Shawnee County Historical Society. Project Archaeology (http://projectarchaeology.org) is a national heritage education program, founded by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for educators and their students. The program was developed for three purposes: to develop awareness of our nation’s diverse and fragile archaeological sites, to instill a sense of personal responsibility for stewardship of these sites, and to enhance science literacy and cultural understanding through the study of archaeology.

National Project Archaeology, headquartered at the Montana State University, is building a network of educators, archaeologists, and historic preservationists to develop materials and distribute them in every state. The 2013 workshop held at the historic Ritchie House (http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/) trained nine upper elementary and middle school teachers in Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, as well as three Kansas-specific curriculum units (ttp://www.kshs.org/project_archaeology). Following the classroom portion of the workshop, an optional day and a half of fieldwork was offered.

Teachers become the students in interpreting artifacts and their placement in the family room activity