Workshop Group being led by group leader outdoorsGreat Basin Archaeology Teacher Workshop

This event was held June 13-15, 2023 - California Trail Center, Elko, NV

This course will introduce participants to the Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter curriculum guide, a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5 (adaptable to upper grades). The unit supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics, especially through modeling the investigation process. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology, students can seamlessly integrate science (STEM) with literacy, mathematics, social studies, and history.

The course includes an experiential learning trip to a local archaeological site, presentations by indigenous educators, a classroom investigation of a Great Basin Wickiup, and modeled instruction of the lessons in Investigating Shelter from professional archaeology educators. Participants that attend this workshop will be able to transform their classroom into a community of student archaeologists who ask questions, make observations, support their inferences with evidence, analyze primary sources, understand and appreciate diversity and culture, and become caring citizens and stewards.

If you have any questions, contact Samantha Kirkley at

Sponsored by the Institute for Heritage Education, Bureau of Land Management, and Nevada Gold Mines.

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