The Power of National and State Engagement for Archaeology Education in Kansas

Author(s): Virginia A. Wulfkuhle; Lauren Ritterbush

Year: 2015


Kansas has played a synergistic role in Project Archaeology for more than a decade. Archaeologists in the state linked with educators as early as 1992, disseminating curriculum materials as part of Kansas Archeology Week. An early focus on shelter played a key role in the development of national Project Archaeology's first Investigating Shelter unit, drawing on a Kansas example. Since then, the Kansas Historical Society has adopted the national themes of shelter, food and culture, and migration to create state-specific units. The relevance of these units to current educational goals (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards/Common Core) makes them flexible and attractive to both educators and students. Today, Project Archaeology is spreading in the state through a variety of partnerships and teacher contacts in workshops, in-service trainings, and university courses, resulting in the adoption of Project Archaeology materials in K-12 districts, classrooms, virtual schools, home schools, and informal educational settings.

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The Power of National and State Engagement for Archaeology Education in Kansas. Lauren Ritterbush, Virginia A. Wulfkuhle. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397197)


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