is the study of humans and their relationship to changing environments.
A sub-discipline of anthropology, archaeology is a social science
that uses scientific methodologies to gather data and form conclusions.
Underfoot examines how archaeological investigation and excavation
can be used to establish, reaffirm, and relate the story of our
collective past. This curriculum and its electronic component is
designed to take students beyond the excavation into the world of
the archaeologist, posing questions and using scientific and historical
research to answer them, building the histories of the many peoples
and diverse cultures of the past and present.
lessons detailed here are targeted for grades four through seven,
but may be easily adapted for younger or older students.
following lessons may be used together or as individual units. We
strongly suggest that the lessons in the section on Archaeological
Processes be incorporated together, as they represent the full scope
of research, and each component is necessary to fully understand
the science of archaeology.
1: Question/Hypothesize Lesson
Step 2: Survey Lesson
Step 3: Excavation Lesson
Step 4: Screening Lesson
Step 5: Object and Artifact Preservation
Step 6: Cataloging Lesson
Step 7: Analysis Lesson
Step 8: Reporting Lesson
& Soils Lesson
Natural Resources Use Lesson
Travel and Trade Lesson