Think Like an Archaeologist

Think Like an Archaeologist is a collaboration between the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University; the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Providence Public Schools; and Nathan Bishop Middle School.  We have also worked with teachers at Nathanael Greene, Roger Williams, and DelSesto Middle Schools.  

Think Like an Archaeologist is a five-session program consisting of four classroom sessions and an off-site session at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art and Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.  The sessions introduce sixth grade social studies students to the process of archaeology, from choosing an excavation site and recording a dig, to analyzing and caring for artifacts.  Each session is hands-on, led by faculty, staff, and doctoral and master’s students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.  

At the Think Like an Archaeologist website, you will find detailed descriptions of each session; any teacher can duplicate any part of the program for use in their own classrooms.  Providence Public School sixth grade teachers may apply for direct participation in the program.

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