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Archaeology field school for teachers set for Aug. 5-9

April 19, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Elementary school teachers can learn to incorporate archaeology into their classrooms through a Montana State University Project Archeology summer field school in Virginia City.

Teachers will participate in an archaeology dig while learning about the Project Archaeology curriculum materials, which cover topics such as math and language literacy, problem solving processes and inquiry. The curriculum also fulfills many core requirements in Indian Education for All and the Common Core Standards.

The five-day course takes place Aug. 5-9 and includes on-site housing.

Educator Field School (EDCI 588) is led by Project Archaeology based at Montana State University and offers two graduate credits or a new option of 30 OPI renewal units. All teachers receive a full set of curriculum materials. Teachers from throughout the United States are encouraged to participate.

The field school and curriculum materials are also appropriate for informal educators, such as those based at museums, science schools and after-school programs.

In the Field School, 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.

For more information or to register, visit or call (406) 994-6683. The course is listed under the "Education, Curriculum and Instruction" tab. Teachers can view a video at


Contact: Crystal Alegria, MSU Project Archaeology, (406) 994-6925,