Actively Engaged: Archaeology in Elementary Education
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The ‘Actively Engaged: Archaeology in Elementary Education’ project seeks to incorporate anthropological archaeology into the education of elementary and middle school age children. The activities I designed for this project supplement the existing social studies curricula in the Northeastern states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Rhode Island. The incorporation of these exercises addresses several significant voids in the state standards, particularly in the way that the history of Pre-European contact North America is taught to elementary school age children. Often times this 13,000 year period of human occupation in North America is glossed over. Unlike the ancient history of civilizations such as Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China, students are rarely instructed on how the Native American past is intimately connected to the present. This study’s set of archaeology-based activities teaches students to see the development of their own country’s and state’s history through both the physical and cultural landscape. The deposition and recovery of artifacts through stratigraphic excavation in these activities allows students to understand the history of North America, from the earliest evidence of Native peoples using lithic materials up and through the modern context of the present exemplified by modern refuse and architecture.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2015
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