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Public archaeology has grown over the last decade due to interest in the field and Cultural Resource Management requirements (Smith and Smardz 2000:25). One group that is often overlooked in outreach efforts is children.
For my thesis I designed an in-class archaeology fieldtrip for fifth grade students. The overarching goal of my program is to introduce children to the field of archaeology in an age-appropriate way that teaches basic archaeological concepts and generates interest and awareness of the field. To create the strongest program possible I conducted research on outreach programs, and surveyed public archaeologists and teachers to determine what elements they would like an archaeology program for fifth graders to include. Synthesizing research and teacher and public archaeologist responses has allowed me to create a program that utilizes successful methods of instruction and is mutually beneficial to all parties involved.
Advisor: LuAnn Wandsnider