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Summer 2003 Workshops and Meeting Conferences




Archaeology Workshop Offered for the Classroom Teacher
Iowa has 15 area education agencies (AEAs). The AEAs function as intermediate service units and assist the Department of Education in providing services and support to school districts and to schools. Southern Prairie AEA, located in southeastern Iowa will offer a one-week class designed to introduce K-12 educators to the science of archaeology and its application to multiple disciplines including science, social studies, history, and math. The class is being held June 16-20 in Richland, Iowa. Lynn M. Alex, Public Archaeology Coordinator for the University of Iowa-Office of the State Archaeologist is class instructor and Bill Anderson, retired educator from the Pekin Community Schools, will serve as the class facilitator. For information on class content contact Lynn Alex at lynn-alex@uiowa.edu.

Workshop for Teachers Planned for Texas Archaeological Center
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will sponsor the 11th annual Window on the Past Archaeological Workshop, July 22-24. This 3-day workshop, held at the Nightengale Archaeological Center in Kingsland, Texas, is designed to introduce teachers to archaeological concepts and methods and to provide tools and ideas that allow teachers to use archaeology as a multidisciplinary approach to meeting math, social studies, science, language and fine arts objectives. The workshops are also open to the general public, so although the emphasis will remain on introducing archaeology to the classroom, interested friends and family may also attend. For more information on the Nightengale Archaeological Center or the workshop, visit the website at www.lcra.org/community/nightengale.html.

Two Workshops Planned for Colorado Educators
Two workshops loaded with fun and hands-on experiences will be offered in June through the Bureau of Land Management office in Dolores, Colorado. The education workshops on Archaeology and Pueblo Culture are geared for park interpreters, museum educators, and teachers of all subject areas. The interdisciplinary activities meet standards in science, social studies, art, and language arts. They also provide a means to increase environmental awareness, stewardship values, and multi-cultural appreciation.

Project Archaeology—June 10-11
The National BLM Heritage Education team presents 28 classroom lessons that will allow teachers to use archaeology to meet classroom standards.
Escalante Pueblo Curriculum—June 12-13
The BLM Anasazi Heritage Center interpretive staff presents a fun-filled experience of archaeological and Native American cultural activities.

Participants are welcome to register for one ( $40) or both ($70) workshops. College credit is available. For more information or to register, call Derrick Baldwin, BLM, Heritage Education Program, 970-882-4811.

Teachers' Workshop Planned for St. Simons Island, GA
Archaeology is an innovative and hands-on method of teaching objectives in all subject areas, especially social studies. It is a multi-disciplinary and versatile teaching tool that addresses multiple learning needs. A workshop, Archaeology and Enhancing Classroom Instruction, will be held July 21-25 on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It will introduce educators to a successful archaeology education program for students, which has been incorporated into the local school district's 4th grade curriculum. Both the program and workshop are the result of a partnership between the Glynn County School System and the National Park Service at Fort Frederica National Monument. In this workshop teachers will learn the basics of archaeology from professional archaeologists, participate in an excavation, and learn methods used in an archaeology lab. Participants will gain insight on how history is interpreted through the study of archaeology and how that can be used to enhance instruction in their classrooms. Lesson plans, activities, materials, and resources will be provided that can be adapted for use in any classroom to integrate the study of archaeology in all areas of the curriculum. Contact: Ellen Provenzano, Glynn County Schools Archaeology Education Coordinator, at 912-638-6200 or eproven@glynn.k12.ga.us.

New Archaeology Curriculum and Seminar Set for July
A new archaeology curriculum for elementary schools, Digging Archaeology, is available from First Hand Learning, a nonprofit curriculum and teacher development organization in Buffalo, NY. Their website, www.firsthandlearning.org contains information about the classroom materials, as well as the organization and its work, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As part of its attempt to make the curriculum available nationally, First Hand Learning is hosting a facilitator seminar July 22-24 to introduce Digging Archaeology to scientist-teacher teams from museums and historic parks. For more information on the seminar, contact David Hartney, First Hand Learning, email dhrtny@aol.com or phone 716-896-5200.

Project Archaeology Workshops
Project Archaeology workshops will be scheduled in several states throughout the U.S. Attendees participating in the Teacher Workshops will learn activities that are included in the course material Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Grades 4-7. Fun experiences include fundamental concepts in archaeology, archaeology processes and issues, local archaeology for your area, and a field trip.

For more details on Project Archaeology or to find out about workshops in your area, contact Suzanne Boles Parker, Project Archaeology Coordinator, at 970-882-4811 or suzanne_parker@co.blm.gov. Or check out the new web site at www.blm.gov/heritage/project_archaeology.htm.

A sampling of upcoming teacher workshops includes:

June 10-11—Deloros, Anasazi Heritage Center, 970-882-4811
June 24-26—Hamilton County, Noblesville, 317-233-9348
July 29-31—Evansville, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 317-233-9348
July 9-10—Frankfort, 502-564-7863,
July 31-August 1—Nicholasville, 859-885-5351
New York:
Late July—TBA, 970-882-4811
July 17-18—Eugene, 541-345-5538
July 29-30—Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Natural History, 801-581-4887

Indiana Schedules Project Archaeology Workshops
Project Archaeology is an educational program designed to teach students to value and protect our nation’s rich cultural past. Students learn scientific inquiry, history, math, language arts and critical thinking skills through a variety of hands-on activities. Through the use of the educator’s resource guide, Intrigue of the Past, as well as an Indiana-specific supplement, teachers can bring archaeology to the classroom. For more information or to register for a Indiana Project Archaeology workshop, contact Alicia Stewart, Project Archaeology Coordinator, at astewart@dnr.state.in.us or 317-233-9348.

Noblesville: Strawtown Prehistoric Site—June 24-26
Learn how to use archaeology to meet your own curricular goals in this 3-day intensive workshop. Highlights include focused discussions with professionals, quality educational materials, hands-on lessons and guest speakers in addition to real field experience! Located at Strawtown, a prehistoric Native American site located in Hamilton County, participants experience the ins and outs of a real archaeological excavation.
Evansville: Angel Mounds State Historic Site—July 29-31
This Project Archaeology Teacher Workshop helps teachers to bring archaeology to the classroom. In addition to hands-on lessons and quality materials, participants experience a site tour of Angel Mounds and real archaeology field experience at a historic site in nearby New Harmony. Professional archaeologists and guest speakers provide expert information on Indiana’s cultural history.

Kentucky Schedules Project Archaeology Workshops for Summer
Two Project Archaeology teacher workshops will be held this summer in Kentucky. The first will be held June 9-10 at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort. This full two-day workshop will introduce participants to the process of archaeology and provide content on prehistoric Kentucky Native American themes. Special activities will include a native plant and animal walk at the Salato Center’s outdoor exhibits. For those interested in trying their hand at indigenous technology, an additional evening workshop will be offered in which participants can learn to make Eastern Woodland-style center-seam moccasins from elk hide. For further information and fees, contact Tressa T. Brown, Curator, Salato Wildlife Education Center, phone 502-564-7863, email Tressa.Brown@mail.state.ky.us.

The second workshop will be held July 31-August 1 at Camp Nelson Heritage Park Nicholasville. This full two-day workshop will introduce participants to the process of archaeology and provide content on Kentucky Civil War history with a special focus on Camp Nelson. Participants will have an additional opportunity to excavate at the site with Camp Nelson archaeologist Stephen McBride on Saturday, August 2. For more information and fees, contact Kay DeMoss, Jessamine County Schools NES Teacher, phone 859-885-5351, email kdemoss@jessamine.k12.ky.us.



Social Science Conference to be Held in Hawaii
The second Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences will be held from June 12-15 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from social sciences and related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions are welcome. For more information, check the web site at www.hicsocial.org.

World Archaeological Congress Plans 2003 D.C. Meeting
The World Archaeological Congress, the only worldwide representative organization of practicing archaeologists, holds a congress every four years in order to promote the exchange of archaeological research and data, and to provide a forum for dialogue and debate. The Fifth World Archaeological Congress will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic University of America in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution on June 21-26, 2003. For more information, contact Joan Gero at wac5@american.edu.

AASLH Meeting Set for Rhode Island
The American Association for State and Local History will hold their annual meeting September 17-20 in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme of the 2003 meeting will be Responses to Change. The 21st century has brought with it a myriad of changes—economic, political, cultural, and social. Historical organizations are faced not only with the challenge of responding to those changes, but also with recording and preserving evidence of their impact on local and state communities. Panels, workshops, and roundtables will address various aspects of the topic. For more information, check the AASLH web site at www.aaslh.org.

NAI to Hold Meeting in Nevada
The next conference of the National Association for Interpretation will be held in Sparks, Nevada, November 11-15. The theme for the 2003 meeting will be Sparks Your Imagination. For more information, contact Bill Lindemann, blsierra@jps.net or 530-525-3341. The 2004 meeting will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan.