Dig into history as we use various objects made from native plants and rocks by exploring the ways scientists “read” artifacts to reconstruct the lives of early peoples. Younger students will conduct their own “dig” while using scientific inquiry to describe their findings. They will “excavate” coated chocolate pieces from a cookie using toothpicks.
Older students will see a PowerPoint program and handle items that include real artifacts and characteristic cultural items including baskets, pottery, jewelry, etc. The program features examples of the progression of crafts through time and discusses pot hunting (illegal excavating) and the damage it does to discovering knowledge of a peoples and their culture.