Project Archaeology is a comprehensive archaeology and heritage education program for everyone interested in learning or teaching about our nation’s rich cultural legacy and protecting it for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Project Archaeology includes publications, professional development for educators, networking opportunities, and continuing support for participants Using an innovative hands-on approach to history, Project Archaeology teaches scientific inquiry, citizenship, personal ethics and character, and cultural understanding.
The new NH Coordinators for Project Archaeology are Strawbery Banke's own Sheila Charles and Tanya Krajcik, the Records Coordinator of the NH Division of Historical Resources.
Project Archaeology's mission is to foster an "understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy" (http://www.blm.gov/heritage/project_archaeology.htm).
This year, Project Archaeology will include one teacher workshop. The workshop will be held April 1, 2011 at the Nashua Historical Society from 9am to 4pm and is designed for teachers of 3rd-8th grade. Each participant will receive a copy of Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Fourth Through Seventh Grades that includes 28 lesson plans, presentation by NH State Archaeologist Richard Boisvert, hands-on guidance through lessons including the process of archaeology and issues in preserving history, instruction in experimental techniques, information about New Hampshire's unique archaeological record, and many hands-on activities and classroom materials.
The cost of the workshop is $36, which includes the class book, Intrigues of the Past, a light breakfast and a catered lunch. All attendees must pre-register by March 15, 2011, and space is limited.
For information on registration and more program details, please visit the NH Project Archaeology Page. The program also has it's own NH Project Archaeology Blog.