DIY Household Archaeology

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DIY Household Archaeology

Grab your explorer hat and join us as we go on an artifact hunt!  Archaeologists hunt to find artifacts and other physical remains to study and gain a better understanding of human history.  Artifact hunts can happen anywhere: inside an older building, at a park, or even inside your home!  Once you have found a mysterious artifact, it’s time to explore your artifact and record your findings just as an Archaeologist does for a museum!  This DIY Household Archaeology activity will bring Contemporary Archaeology right to your child and will encourage them to use their observation and critical thinking skills to identify mysterious objects and what their uses may have been. 

Here is what you’ll need:
  • Any Household Artifact
  • Blank Paper​
  • Any Writing Utensil
Tips & Tricks
  • Contemporary Archaeology is a new field of study, and is focused on the study of recent human history. Recent is of course a relative term, but in this instance it is commonly agreed to refer to the 20th to early 21st century.​
  • Exploring the artifact is key—the children don’t have to correctly identify the object to have fun and learn! What’s most important is that they are applying their observation and critical thinking skills. Encourage them to invent their own names to describe things that they’re unfamiliar with. Ask them: Why would that name work for this object? ​
  • Have a conversation after the activity about how the artifact was/is used. Indeed, Contemporary Archaeology often utilizes interviews as a tool.​
  • Finally, archaeology is often confused with paleontology. Paleontology is the study of fossils to understand the history of life on Earth. Fossils are the remains of organisms from the past, such as dinosaur bones. Archaeology strictly focuses on human history and the study of artifacts. In summary, archaeologists study human history through artifacts, while paleontologists study the history of other forms of life through fossils.​

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Download Instructions for Household Archeology

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