Uncovering Secrets: Archaeology of Southwestern Alberta

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Replica dig sites

Work in groups to excavate a mini dig site and uncover Alberta's amazing archaeological record.

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Artifacts

Examine real replica artifacts during a hands-on presentation.

Overview 

Students will discover many different archaeological sites in southern Alberta and explore what the sites tell us about the lives of the people of the past. They will also examine how archaeologist collaborate with community members and rely on oral histories as evidence. 

Length: 90 minutes      Cost: $45 per class

Curriculum Objectives

This program was written to complement the Grade 4 and 5 curricula, but it can be adapted for other grades. The program addresses the following curriculum objectives:

4.1.4 Analyze how Albertans interact with their environment by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • In what ways do the physical geography and natural resources of a region determine the establishment of communities?

How can ownership of a discovered artifact be determined? 

  • Whose responsibility should it be to ensure the preservation of national parks, provincial parks and protected areas in Alberta?

5.2.2 Examine, critically, the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • In what ways do anthropology and archaeology contribute to our understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people?

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