Description: How could hand chipped stones, ancient ruins, old broken dishes, and antiquated garbage help students learn about the world and themselves? Within archaeology, these seemingly irrelevant items can enlighten students about the world around them through science, culture, and history. When teaching archaeology in the classroom, educators can lead students on learning adventures while engaging them in thinking about life in the past and who they are as humans today. This ERIC Digest discusses: (1) the discipline of archaeology; (2) archaeology in the classroom; and (3) resources for teaching archaeology. The Digest defines archaeology, describes the archaeological process, and explains the wide range of topics covered when teaching archaeology.
Age group or class level: Middle School age students on up