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ERIC Number: EJ775447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Archaeology in the Classroom: Using a Dig Box to Understand the Past
Chisholm, Amelia G.; Leone, Mark P.; Bentley, Brett T.
Social Education, v71 n5 p272-277 Sep 2007
Mock excavations, or "dig boxes," offer students a hands-on opportunity to explore artifacts and their importance and to learn the principles of context and stratigraphic association. The dig box can be central to discussing differences that existed between classes, races, ethnic groups, and the sexes at different times in history. By setting up each excavation to represent a site, the comparisons of status between peoples become evident. For example, one excavation site could represent a plantation house in the South, which would have considerably more wealth and more elaborate artifacts than another site created to represent the slave dwellings on the same estate. The flexibility of this approach allows teachers to create an activity that complements a specific lesson, regardless of the topic, by increasing student understanding of how various peoples lived during a particular period of history. This article describes a method for constructing archaeological dig boxes which was adapted from the work of Maisha Washington, formerly a science coordinator at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, in Maryland's Center for African American History and Culture in Annapolis. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland