Archaeologyland!

This set of hands-on, archaeology and cultural history-based activities is designed for archaeologists to use with the public at archaeology fairs and other non-formal classroom events. Each activity is laid out in 'recipe fashion' with directions about the minimum recommended age, a list of objectives about what the activity is trying to teach, and preparation and procedure steps -- including what materials need to be purchased or otherwise arranged for. Each activity has been successfully tested with children and each promotes a preservation message: How to report a find, how to protect a resource, and how to contact the State Historic Preservation Office.

  • Archaeologyland! Activities

    Pottery Design Replication (ages 5 and up)
    Visitors use clay and incising tools to replicate ceramic designs. (Created by Nancy Hawkins)

    Pottery Design Transfer (ages 7 and up)
    Visitors use an ink transfer process to record pottery designs.
    (Created by Nancy Hawkins)

    Split Twig Figurines (ages 7 and up)
    Visitors learn the process of making split twig figurines and receive information on the original effigies. (Designed by Carol Ellick)

    The Archaeological Laboratory (ages 5 and up)
    Visitors measure, weigh, and draw artifacts or replicas of artifacts. (Designed by Carol Ellick)

    The Cordage Site (ages 5 and up)
    Visitors make a cordage bracelet using raffia and a bead.
    (Designed by Carol Ellick)

    The Petroglyph Site (ages 7 and up)
    Visitors produce a petroglyph on a “rock”.
    (Designed by Phoebe Eskenazi)

    The Pictograph Wall
           (all children; younger than 5 with their parent’s assistance)
    Visitors contribute to the production of a rock art panel by leaving a hand print. (Designed by Carol Ellick)

    The Pottery Village Site (ages 5 and up)
    Visitors color pot designs then cut them into “sherds” to make a pot puzzle. (Designed by Carol Ellick)