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December 5, 2022

Learning Archaeological Skills at a Young Age

Over the past year, we’ve heard about a few of the exciting ways Dr. Dawn Cox, Public Education Liaison for the Los Angeles Society, has incorporated archaeology into her classroom. Last week, she was invited to give an Archaeology 101 lesson to 27 kindergarteners at a school in Gardena, CA. Dawn shares more about the less with us below.

“I read a story called Tales of Ancient Worlds: Adventures in Archaeology by Stefan Milosavljevich to the students about archaeology. They were shown pictures of different artifacts, and they were given an opportunity to ask questions and share their knowledge of the subject matter. Students practiced replicating an archaeological site by drawing a cookie on a coordinate plane grid. They were able to plot the ingredients of the cookie (chocolate chips, peanuts, etc.). After replicating their archaeological site, students were allowed to count each “artifact” that was found in their cookie (again chocolate chips, peanuts, etc.). They counted and classified each “artifact” that was found. Lastly, students were allowed to eat their cookie and share with the class what they learned.”

Bravo to Dawn for creating fun ways to teach young students about archaeology! You can learn more about Dawn’s classroom adventures teaching archaeology to middle schoolers and organizing a Google Meet with her students and their peers from Syria and Greece to discuss culture.

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