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October 12, 2002  8am-3:30pm
Alden House Historic Site  Alden Road,  Duxbury, MA
Registration Deadline:  October 5, 2002

The main goals of PARPs PDP program is to give teachers a new tool that they can use in the classroom to teach children. Archaeology is ideal because of its multi-disciplinary nature and to us at PARP, it is a wonderful, fascinating way to teach children about a wide variety of subjects. Beacuase archaeology involves the subjects of history, math, geology, art, social studies and science, it can be used as the framework for any of these subjects. We hope that during the course of the PDP program, we have been able to show you how useful it is for all of us.

This program for Massachusetts elementary education introduces teachers to the discipline of archaeology and how it can be used in their classrooms.  The day will include a slide show, movie and a series of hands-on exercises relating to archaeological principles including:


-creation of a timeline showing the accepted periods in New England prehistory and how they relate to what was going on in the rest of the world, this will be done during the course of a lecture on the prehistory of New England

-a demonstration of stone knapping using local materials such as quartz to give the teachers a concrete understanding of how we know that the material we recover really is cultural and not natural

-an exercise in assemblages and tool-kits taking the form of a discussion of what an assemblage and a tool kit are, followed by a creation, on paper at least, of various types of tool kits (such as fishing kits, knapping kits, etc.)

General Archaeology

- an exercise explaining the principle of stratigraphy through the use of either trash can archaeology or stratigraphy creation in a soda bottle

-a mapping exercise involving the use of a series of historic maps with the purpose of showing

1) how maps are used to predict where archaeological sites are likely to occur (distance from water, slope, etc.)

2) how maps are used to investigate changing historic uses of a project area and how this affects our testing of the area

-serration of projectile points, pottery and clay pipes using various reference materials at the lab

-an exercise in excavation and site interpretation using the data recovered from a sandbox site . The teachers would excavate the sand boxes and then try to interpret the function and age of the site based on what was recovered

-an exercise in cataloging archaeologically recovered materials by letting the teachers catalog and analyze the collections from the a real site

-an exercise in generating charts, tables and graphs of material that was recovered from a site in order to see how archaeologist quantify the data they find

-learning how to fill out Massachusetts Historical Commission site forms and filling out real ones to be submitted to the MHC so that in the future they will be certified to do so for any archaeological sites they may encounter

The teachers will be given a number of reference materials that will list for them various sources from which they can learn more about archaeology. Handouts will also be include summaries of each exercise with suggestions of how they can be used in the classroom.

Program Cost:  $100 includes all supplies and resources. Checks or Money Orders may be made out to:
Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project
248 Nash Rd.
New Bedford, MA 02746
       Payment must be received by registration deadline.