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MSU offers summer archaeology course for teachers

March 5, 2010

Teachers study a tipi site during a June 2009 course. Photo courtesy of MSU Project Archaeology    High-Res Available

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A summer course at Montana State University will help elementary teachers use archaeology to teach science, social studies and American Indian culture in the classroom.

The course, "Project Archaeology: Investigating a Plains Tipi" (EDCI 580-51), takes place at the Museum of the Rockies on the MSU campus. Participants will learn how to use archaeological tools and concepts like artifacts, maps, illustrations, historical photographs and oral histories to engage children in scientific inquiry and civic discussion. All participating teachers will receive a complete curriculum guide from Project Archaeology, including activities that can help fulfill core requirements in Indian Education for All, social studies, science, mathematics, language arts, and art. Participants may receive two graduate credits for taking the course.

Project Archaeology is a national organization dedicated to archaeological and heritage education. Montana's Project Archaeology center is located in MSU's Department of Anthropology.

The course runs June 14-17, and MSU housing is available. Crystal Alegria of MSU's Project Archaeology is the instructor.

For more information or to register, contact MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll-free) or visit, where the course is listed under Education, Curriculum and Instruction. The enrollment deadline is May 30 or when the enrollment cap of 20 students per course is met.

Crystal Alegria, (406) 994-6925,; or Janine Hansen with MSU Extended University,, (406) 994-5240