ERIC Number: ED211428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
Use of Small-Scale Artificial Archaeological Sites in the Teaching of Archaeology.
Deutsch, Warren N.
By using small-scale artificially created archaeologic sites, a teacher can provide students with a time-efficient approach in which to master some basic archaeological techniques. In an artificially created setting, the students can become familiar with conditions they might meet in the field. In a short period of time, students may be exposed to a wide range of archaeological situations, data, and site types. This technique allows flexibility as far as size of site and level of sophistication. The site can be mapped ahead of time with features drawn in such as post molds and pits. The instructor can create realistic features and use artifacts in a planned, goal-oriented way. After students have been taught mapping and excavation techniques in the classroom, they can take these skills and use them at the actual excavation. Already broken artifact reproductions can be recovered and reconstructed. Artifacts and animal remains can be analyzed. At the end of the exercise, summaries of findings can be presented and discussed. This process gives a true feeling of what archaeological investigation is like, not only the digging, but also the thought processes used by trained archaeologists. An appendix gives a list of sources for artifact reproductions. (NE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (80th, Los Angeles, CA, December, 1981).