Archaeology Adventures for Libraries

Archaeology Adventures for Libraries is an educational experience for K-3rd grade students. CAA archaeologist-educators teach your young patrons at your library about archaeology and the culture of Indigenous Americans through stories and fun hands-on activities. Three unique program options are available.

Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke. Children join Sophie, an archaeologist, on her excavation and learn about who an archaeologist is and what they do. After a story time, participants will excavate “trash bins” to learn how archaeologists identify and analyze artifacts to answer questions about the people who left them behind (90 minutes).

The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose. This story introduces young readers to the diversity in Native American Cultures across the US. Students listen to Cara Ashrose’s story and then learn about and handle different types of (reproduction) artifacts (60 minutes).

Shaped by Her Hands by Anna Harber Freeman. A story about Maria Povika (1887–1980), a renowned Tewa artist who learned traditional pottery making from her aunt as a young girl. Through practice, she mastered the art and passed the knowledge on to her children and the Tewa people. After the story, students make their own coil pot (90 minutes).

All activity supplies are provided by the CAA.

Maximum Group Size: 25 children

Cost: $250 + travel

Questions: If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at or 618-653-4316 for more information.