1. Introduction
2. Understanding the Past
3. What is Archaeology?
4. Methods Of Gathering Data
5. Archaeological Collections
Archaeology and the Public
7. Protecting the Past
8. Additional Resources
Table of Contents

This unit could not have been produced without helpful input from colleagues dedicated to archaeology outreach. We would like to thank Stephanie Varholak, who was a student intern in the Smithsonian’s Anthropology Outreach Office when this project got underway, for her insights and contribution to the initial drafts. To our colleagues in Project Archaeology who generously gave permission to include some of the materials from Intrigue of the Past and to the SAA’s Public Education Committee who provided encouragement and suggestions. To George Brauer, we are highly indebted for his guidance in structuring this unit and in his generosity in sharing some of his excellent educational materials that we, in turn, can share with teachers who like George want to give their students a challenging, stimulating, and learned experience in the field of archaeology.


Smith, Shelley J.,  Jeanne M.Moe,  Kelly A. Letts and Danielle M. Patterson. 1996. Intrigue of the Past:  A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades. Second Printing. Bureau of Land Management, Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, CO.