Dig It! Discovering Archaeology

How do we know about the cultures of the past? Dig It! brings an archaeological site to you for a down and dirty exploration of archaeology. Your students will participate in a simulated dig during which they will find a variety of artifacts, leading them to discover the history of New England’s Native people. After their investigation, your students will report on their findings and the class will reconstruct what the site looked like in the past. Take this opportunity to give your students a unique experience using scientific inquiry to understand the past.


“There was a good mixture of information and hands-on activities.  It was more than I anticipated.  The students really enjoyed themselves and learned a great deal.
— 6th Grade Teacher, Glen Hill School, Cranston, RI


K-12 Curriculum Standards/Frameworks:
Rhode Island:
Historical Perspectives: HP1(K-8)-1; HP2(K-4)-3; HP3(K-4)-2
Earth and Space Science: ESS1(K-6)-1
Life Science: LS1(K-4)-1
Visual Arts & Design: VAD1(4-8)-1a&c, VAD4(5-6)-1b&c

Social Science: (Gr. 3) standard 3.2; (Gr. 7) concept 6
Arts: Visual Arts: 5.1
Science and Technology (3-5): Life Sciences: 8&10; Physical Sciences : 1

Free Lesson Plans!  Click here for free curriculum materials to complement your study of archaeology