ERIC Number: ED440920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Archaeology. ERIC Digest.
Brown, Gail William
How could handchipped stones, ancient ruins, old broken dishes, and antiquated garbage help students learn about the world and themselves? Within archaeology, these seemingly irrelevant items can enlighten students about the world around them through science, culture, and history. When teaching archaeology in the classroom, educators can lead students on learning adventures while engaging them in thinking about life in the past and who they are as humans today. This ERIC Digest discusses: (1) the discipline of archaeology; (2) archaeology in the classroom; and (3) resources for teaching archaeology. The Digest defines archaeology, describes the archaeological process, and explains the wide range of topics covered when teaching archaeology. Resources are available for educators to integrate archaeology into their lessons, and several organizations, including the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), are listed, including the mailing address, and/or web site address. In-depth information about SAA is provided, including publications and a Web site address of the network of State and Provincial Archaeology Education Coordinators supported by SAA. Information is given about programs and courses that allow educators to participate in ongoing archaeological projects and synthesize what they learn in the field into their teaching. (LB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnology, Paleontology, Social Studies
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.