Be An Archaeologist!

Students participate in a simulated excavation and prepare a portfolio with information on their pit and the culture their pit represents.

Curriculum Framing Questions:

Essential Question: What can be learned from what’s left behind?

Unit Question:

How can we determine which culture lived in a specific area?
How can we determine what life was like for a culture based on items they left behind?
How does trade impact what’s left behind by a culture?
What other factors impact what’s left behind by a culture?

Content Questions:

What is the process of excavating a prehistoric site?
Who were the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi), the Mogollon, the Hohokam, and the Sinagua?
What are the characteristics and functions of each culture’s pottery?
Who did each culture trade with?