Archaeology Lesson Plans & Activities from SAA


  • Archaeologyland
    Eight hands-on, archaeology and cultural history-based activities 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.
  • History Beneath The Sea: Nautical Archaeology in the Classroom
    Edited by  KC Smith and Amy Douglass
    An education module from the SAA Public Education Committee that is designed for both educators and students:  it includes background readings for both, as well as classroom activities and resources.  Student readings are geared for the secondary level.
  • Teaching Archaeology: A Sampler for Grades 3-12
    A booklet from the SAA Public Education Committee:  includes an introduction on using archaeology in the classroom, followed by four sample lessons and a glossary of archaeological terms. The individual lessons focus on the application of the scientific method, teaching options for local cultural history, archaeology as a multidisciplinary science, and stewardship.