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Do Your Own Dig


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    American Museum of Natural History

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Do Your Own Dig

In this outdoor archaeology activity, learners use mathematical skills and scientific inquiry to generate and process information from their own excavation site. Learners use household materials to assemble a tool kit, set up a dig site, dig for and record artifacts, create Provenience Cards, photograph, bag and label findings, and analyze their observations. This activity includes tips for Dos and Don'ts. Adult supervision is recommended.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • Geologic Time
      • History of Life
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories


  • Citizen Science
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, American Museum of Natural History, ©2003

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