National Network: the Strength of Project Archaeology

Author(s): Courtney Agenten

Year: 2015


We estimate that 275,000 students each year learn about archaeology and protecting the human past through Project Archaeology’s high-quality educational materials. In 2009, I was lucky to attend a Project Archaeology workshop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield, living in a tipi for a week and studying how to engage my students in discovering the culture and history of the Crow tribe. The workshop was taught by a passionate, knowledgeable archaeology educator and I was hooked! The next year, I guided my students through the investigation of a Crow tipi as they uncovered oral histories by living descendants, archaeological evidence, and the importance of preserving our shared heritage. My story is only one of 12,000. Teachers from across the nation have been inspired by passionate archaeology educators who are members of the National Project Archaeology Network in 36 states. This paper examines the strength of the Network, its impact on communities nationwide, and our plans to extend our network to all 50 states.

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National Network: the Strength of Project Archaeology. Courtney Agenten. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396379)