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Free Teacher Resources about Archaeology

We are in the process of compiling our list of free resources for Oklahoma K-12 teachers, as well as writing our own lesson plans for you. To stay up to date on our latest resources, email us at okarchaeology@gmail.com to be added to our email list!

Do you know of an amazing resource that we missed? Let us know, and we will add it to our growing list of the best in the nation!

Resource NameResource TypeKeywordsAges TargetedLink
A Career in ArchaeologySeveral paragraphs of Q & ACareers, excavation, daily life, trainingGrades 7-12A Career in Archaeology
Penn Museum's Daily Digital DigsWebsite with short videosCuration, history, global, artifactsAges 10 and upPenn Museum's Facebook Page
What Will Survive?Mini-LessonMaterial types, organic/inorganic, preservation, analyzing artifactsGrades 5-12What Will Survive? on the AIA Website
Archaeology JeopardyPowerpoint for Jeopardy GameCareers, tools, artifacts, Florida prehistoryGrades 6-12FPAN's Educational Resources
Beyond Artifacts130-page PDF with multiple lessonsArchaeology in the movies, geoarchaeology, site grids, mapping, interpreting artifacts, pseudoscience, atlatl, historic graveyards, local historic sites, underwater archaeology, crossword puzzle, timeline, suggested magazinesAll agesFPAN's huge lesson plan resource book
Intrigue of the Past Project Archaeology's Intrigue of the Past lessons, and a digital site reportProject Archaeology, Intrigue of the Past, North Carolina, field notes, excavation, Occaneechi siteAll agesUNC's Intrigue of the Past
The Robotic ArchaeologistLesson plan, background information, and evaluation toolsUnderwater archaeology, STEM, robotics, geography, navigation, ratesGrades 9-12NOAA Lesson Plan

Books Featuring Archaeology

We have also been compiling a list of wonderful books that K-12 teachers might consider using as a supplement to their textbook. Below are suggestions from other archaeologists, authors, and educators - click each book title for more information. If you would like to share other titles that teachers should know about, email us at okarchaeology@gmail.com!

1. Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies, by Jordan Jacobs (2012)

Novel about the eventful excavation of a Peruvian temple at the Chavin de Huantar site, featuring a 12-year old. Uses realistic archaeological methods and ethics. Grades 6-8.

2. Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior Queen, by Jordan Jacobs (2014)

Novel about the eventful excavation of a Roman Britain site, featuring legends of the ancient fortress of Queen Boudica. Uses realistic archaeological methods and ethics. Grades 6-8.

3. Carbon Comics (currently two issues in print), by the University of Georgia Center for Applied Isotope Studies (2019)

Available in both Spanish and English, these comic books incorporate scientific methods like radiocarbon dating and archaeometallurgy. Appropriate for Grades 5-12, but written at a 5th-grade reading level.

4. Mystery of the Lascaux Cave (Frozen in Time series), by Dorothy H. Patent (1999)

Discusses the walls on the cave, the discovery of the cave, and efforts to preserve it. Grades 4-8.

5. Secrets of the Ice Man (Frozen in Time series), by Dorothy H. Patent (1999)

Describes Oetzi the Ice Man and the data from the forensic technologies used to examine him. Grades 4-8.

6. Treasures of the Spanish Main (Frozen in Time series), by Dorothy H. Patent (2000)

Describes Mel Fisher’s discovery of the Atocha shipwreck.

7. The Incredible Story of China’s Buried Warriors (Frozen in Time series), by Dorothy H. Patent (2000)

Discusses the discovery of and the mystery behind the thousands of buried terra cotta warriors belonging to Qin Shihuangdi, First Emperor of China. Grades 4-8.

8. Lost City of Pompeii (Frozen in Time series), by Dorothy H. Patent (2000)

A clear format and beautiful illustrations show the discovery of the Roman city of Pompeii and how the volcanic eruption of 79 AD preserved the city. Grades 4-8.

9. The Horse and the Plains Indians: A Powerful Partnership, by Dorothy H. Patent (2012)

Describes the historical significance of the introduction of the horse to Native Americans living on the Plains.

10. I Can Be an Archaeologist, by Robert B. Pickering (1987)

Describes what an archaeologist is and what kind of work they do. Grades 1-3.

11. The People, by Robert B. Pickering (1996)

Discusses the early history of North American people, prior to contact with Europeans.

12. The Buffalo Jumpby Peter Roop (1996)

This prehistoric method of hunting, the buffalo jump, is described here from the point of view of a young Native American boy. Grades 1-4.

13. Talking Bones: The Science of Forensic Anthropologyby Peggy Thomas (1995)

Examines the history of how forensic anthropology has been used to solve crimes for over 100 years. Cases may be gruesome, but do not seem to be overly sensationalized. Grades 6-9.

14. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Marylandby Sally Walker (2009)

Shows how the scientists investigated graves at Jamestown and other colonial sites to learn the stories of those that died there. Grades 6-12.

15. Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican Worldby Sally Walker and Douglas Owsley (2012)

Explains how scientists study very old human remains, with the focus on how paleoanthropologists used information from an intensive exam of the Kennewick Man to try to answer questions about who first migrated into and settled North America. Grades 6-12.