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Petra Book List

Want to learn more about archaeology but don't know where to start? Dig in with this list of books, with titles for both kids and adults.

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Petra Web List

Explore Petra and learn more about archaeology with this Web list for kids and adults.

Curriculum Materials

Booklist: Native American Myths

Compare contemporary myths with those from the 19th century. Read trickster tales from 55 tribal groups. And peruse illustrated Haida myths. 


Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.



The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

What’s the universe made of? Scientists tackle this puzzle by studying the composition of the different objects contained in the universe. In this activity the object is the Sun, and the tools are the periodic table and a graph.



Tools of the Trade

How do you find a place that's been lost for more than 300 years? Take up this challenge, and learn what it took for archaeologists to locate a lost mission on a 14,000-acre island near Georgia. 



Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.



Inca Investigation

It's your turn to do archaeology! As you investigate what daily life was like in the Inca empire, you have the chance to collect Inca chronicles. Do you have what it takes to collect all six?


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