Arizona Project Archaeology

We envision archaeological education as a path to civic engagement and stewardship of cultural resources on public lands. 

The Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation is proud to support Arizona Project Archaeology, which provides a fully developed interdisciplinary science based Archaeological curriculum to 3rd - 5th grade history teachers.  This comprehensive curriculum uses archaeological inquiry to foster an understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy.  

What we can do for you

We provide services to educators, students and learners of all ages in three ways: 

1. High-quality curricular materials that model authentic archaeological inquiry.

2. Professional development for educators including classroom teachers, informal educators, and archaeologists.

3. Support for Project Archaeology educators through state and regional programs, conferences, new materials, and networking opportunities. How can we help you?

Teachers! Are field trips next to impossible?  Working with Arizona Parks and Trails, Arizona Project Archaeology has put together nine virtual field trips to sites all over Arizona! Each video is a guided tour of the archaeological site, park or monument and features a Project Archaeology Investigating Shelter lesson topic. Check out our Arizona Project Archaeology YouTube channel HERE.


The Arizona Project Archaeology Investigating Shelter Video  Project has received the 2021 Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award!

Educators - Pre-register for our online Investigating Shelter Teacher Workshop! Arizona Project Archaeology will be offering a self-paced Investigating Shelter Teacher Workshop this Fall.  This interactive online workshop will present archaeological inquiry-based lessons featuring an enduring understanding, essential question and assessment, with teacher tools such as background information, materials list, word bank and interactive classroom exercises. This curriculum meets many Arizona Education Standards. The workshop is free for the first cohort and each teacher will receive the Project Archaeology Investigating Shelter curriculum (a $49.95 value). Workshop completion will generate completion certificate for professional development hours.  Pre-register HERE

Also, Arizona Project Archaeology will host a half day Investigating Shelter in-person workshop in conjunction with the Site Steward Program Annual Conference.  This session will be held at the Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park on October 30, 12noon-4pm.  Educators - Register HERE.  In addition to being introduced to the curriculum and state standards it meets each workshop attendee will receive a free copy of the Investigating Shelter curriculum (a $49.95 value) and be in the running to win lesson-related classroom tools and field trip stipends.  


This Workshop is made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities and the Institute of Heritage Education.  There will be no cost to participants for the first workshop.  

Arizona Project Archaeology is proud to have received a grant from the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) F. Lewis Orrell Jr Bequests to develop an Arizona specific Hohokam Pithouse Shelter guide for our teachers and students.  Watch for this guide in 2021!

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