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Piecing It All Together

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    American Museum of Natural History

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Piecing It All Together

Learners create their own piece of history by decorating, shattering, and piecing together a flowerpot "artifact". Use this activity to introduce learners to archaeology and how archaeologists use fragments of pottery to "piece together" an understanding of history. This activity has several suggestions for extensions - exchanging broken pots with other students, mixing pieces from multiple pots, and removing some pieces before attempting re-assembly.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • History of Life
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • Ology


  • All Rights Reserved, American Museum of Natural History,


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