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Archaeology Lesson Plans --  Virginia

These lesson plans and activities incorporate archaeological evidence. Those examples created and contributed by Educators are indicated. Share your favorite archaeology lessons with us and others here

Lesson Plans by Virginia K-12 Educators

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Resources for Teachers and Students including Archaeological Resource Kits (both Virginia Indian and African American), a web interactive on “The Paintings of John White,” the introductory text “First People: The Early Indians of Virginia,” and the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Book that coordinates with DHR’s exhibit “Solving History’s Mysteries: The History Discovery Lab” located next door in the Virginia Historical Society.

Virginia Historical Society
Lesson plans using archaeology to illuminate the permanent exhibit, “The Story of Virginia”.

Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Council on Indians
Lesson plans, instructional resources and other helpful information on “Virginia’s First People, Past and Present”.

Colonial Williamsburg
Teachers’ Resources  based on archaeologically derived information.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Curriculum materials including PDF Teachers Packets dealing with the cultures present from the founding of Jamestown through the Revolutionary War.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Additional Resources.

Jamestown Rediscovery (APVA Jamestown & Colonial National Historical Park)   
Historic Jamestowne” lesson plans, interactive exercises and more.

National Geographic -- Exploring the Chesapeake Then and Now  
 “On the Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure” (interactive kids’game) and “Nightmare in Jamestown” with forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley.

Archeological Society of Virginia
See the “Archaeological Links” section (in the menu on the left) of this web site for helpful connections to topics relevant to Virginia archaeology.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Adventure Lessons, Educational Activities and more.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest 
        What Do Archaeologists Do?”  
        “Hidden Lives: The Archaeology of Slave Life at Jefferson's Poplar Forest“
              Grades 1-6.                    
This Kit allows students to describe and analyze the lives of enslaved workers using the process of archaeology.

University of Virginia’s Center for Politics
K-12 Resources on Jamestown, America’s 400th Anniversary.

Teaching with Historic Places (National Park Service)   
Nine lesson plans focus on Virginia locations, some of which include archaeological components.


Updated 11/20/07