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Arctic Artifacts

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Arctic Artifacts

In this online interactive, learners explore how archaeologists analyze artifacts to better understand how people lived long ago. Learners learn about the importance of asking good questions and using tools to gather important data. Then, learners use a ruler and scale to correctly identify the uses of ten artifacts found in Alaska. At the end, learners are challenged to identify a use for an object mystifying archaeologists and submit their answers.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet access


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • Fossils
      • History of Life
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
    • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

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


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, National Park Service,

Funding Source:

  • Best Buy Children's Foundation


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