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MSU offers summer archaeology courses for teachers

April 30, 2012

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BOZEMAN-- Montana State University offers summer graduate courses that help elementary teachers learn how archaeological exploration can bring math and language literacy, problem solving processes, and inquiry into the classroom through guided archaeological investigations.
The four-day courses take place in Bozeman and Virginia City.

The courses, which are run via Project Archaeology based at MSU, offer two graduate credits and include a full set of curriculum materials. Teachers from throughout the United States are encouraged to participate.

"Project Archaeology: Investigating a Plains Tipi" (EDCI 591) takes place in Bozeman from June 11 to 14. Participants will use artifacts, maps, photos and more to explore the concept of shelter.

"Project Archaeology: Educator Field School" (EDCI 588) takes place in the gold rush town of Virginia City from Aug. 13 to 16 and includes two days of archaeological excavation in Virginia City and Nevada City, Mont.

On-site housing is available for both locations.

In each course, teachers will use primary documents including maps, illustrations, historic photographs and oral histories to solve historical and archaeological mysteries and learn to help students apply archaeological concepts as they investigate an archaeological site.

All participating teachers will receive a full set of Project Archaeology curriculum materials to take home. The curriculum fulfills many core requirements in Indian Education for All and the Common Core Standards.
For more information or to register, visit or call (406) 994-6683. The courses are listed under "Education, Curriculum and Instruction." Teachers can view a video about the Virginia City course at

Crystal Alegria, (406) 994-6925 or