Online Archaeological Experiences

These websites offer students a variety of online archaeological experiences including tours of archaeological sites, interactive digs and lessons, and archaeology games.

The Archaeology Channel website has streaming media (with audio) on a variety of archaeological sites and subjects. To use this site, you will need Windows Media Player or RealOne, free programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. The website’s Video Guide allows you to sort by location as well as title. These short (less than 20 minutes) videos are usually narrated by the archaeologists working at the site. The Audio section contains interviews with archaeologists, Audio News from Archaeologica, and a series of audio essays created by anthropologists at the University of New Mexico

Archaeology for Kids Online links to many cool sites, including some with online archaeology games.

 

Archaeology’s Interactive Dig 

Archaeology Magazine produces this web page which features a current dig that is updated regularly by archaeologists in the field so that visitors to the website can follow the progress of the research. Five years of previous digs are archived on the site.  Although each site is different most include field reports, dig diaries, and interviews with staff and students. Some include virtual site tours, which require a (free) plug-in to view.  A wide variety of sites are featured including historical, prehistoric, Old and New World, and underwater excavations. 

 

Sites Tours at About Archaeology.com

This page has links to many virtual (some computer generated) site tours from both the Old and New World, including Stonehenge, Easter Island, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Petra, Corinth, and Catalhoyuk.  Includes still photos, QuickTime movies that require the (free) plug-into to make them work.              

 

Uluburun Shipwreck Project

This simulated archaeological excavation of a late Bronze Age shipwreck in the eastern Mediterranean Sea focuses on the extensive trade connections between civilizations during that period.  An interactive site map allows students to explore the artifacts from the shipwreck and answer research questions posed by the archaeologists. 

                           

Castle Rock Pueblo: A Trip Through Time

Castle Rock Pueblo is the site of an ancient village located in the heart of the Mesa Verde region. From 1990 through 1994, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center studied the history of this fascinating place. The story of Castle Rock Pueblo is drawn from many sources: the results of archaeological study, insights shared by Native Americans, and a variety of historic records and photographs.You can visit Castle Rock Pueblo during three different time periods via your computer. In each time period, there is a mystery for you to solve.

Woods Canyon Pueblo: Life on the Edge

Woods Canyon Pueblo was home to ancestral Puebloan peoples for more than 100 years, bginning more than 850 years ago. Learn more about these ancient peoples and investigate why they chose tolive on the edge of this steep canyon.

Peoples of the Mesa Verde Region

. People have lived in the Mesa Verde region of the American Southwest for thousands of years. For the vast majority of that time, the inhabitants were American Indians—hunters, foragers, and farmers who thrived in the canyon-and-mesa country of what today encompasses portions of southwestern Colorado, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. Only in the last approximately 250 years have other people—mostly Europeans and Americans of European descent—moved into the area. These are their stories......                        

 

 Web sites with interactive activities for kids

 

 

Updated 03/28/2011