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The Archaeology Education Program is always pleased to provide presentations related to the science of archaeology and the pre-European history of the La Crosse area. In addition to the popular presentation topics that are listed below, presentations can also be designed for a variety of other topics or to meet the individual needs of instructors.

Large group Kindergarten - Second
Large group Third - Twelfth
Small group Fourth - Twelfth
Small Group First - Twelfth
Small Group Third - Fifth
Small Group Third - Twelfth
Small Group Third - Eighth
Small Group Fourth - Eighth
Adaptable Adaptable

Transportation charges:

Transportation charges are based on round-trip mileage and time to and from school/event site.

0 - 5 miles $15.00
5 - 15 miles $25.00
15 - 25 miles $35.00
25 - 35 miles $45.00

(miles are one way from UW-L to site of presentation)

 

Introduction to Archaeology and the Pre-European People of the La Crosse Area

Our most requested presentation for primary grades provides a great introduction to the science of archaeology. Young students will learn about what archaeologists study, how they work and the tools that they use. They’ll discover what archaeologists have learned about the people who lived in the Upper Mississippi River area before the arrival of Europeans.

Grade Level: Kindergarten through second grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Lecture format for large groups
Number of Students:  100 +
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Introduction to Archaeology and the Pre-European People of the La Crosse Area

This presentation includes a slide presentation which combines an introduction to the science of archaeology along with some of the pre-European artifacts found in the Upper Mississippi River valley.

Grade Level: Third through twelfth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Slides and lecture format for large groups
Number of Students: 100 +
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Pre-European People of the La Crosse Area

Our most requested presentation for middle and upper grades. Students act as amateur archaeologists as they analyze artifacts from various time periods and ultimately discover new information about the pre-European history of the Upper Mississippi River valley.

Grade Level: Fourth through twelfth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Garbology

Acting as amateur archaeologists, students experience how archaeologists learn about past people through their own analysis of contemporary garbage.

Grade Level: First through twelfth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Ceramic Reconstruction

Similar to putting together pieces of a puzzle, students are challenged to re-assemble broken ceramic pieces, thereby experiencing how archaeologists reconstruct artifacts and furthermore construct theories about past cultures.

Grade Level: Third through fifth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Spear and Arrowhead Identification

Working in small groups, students become fascinated with the identification of replicated spear and arrowheads as they discover the techniques used by archaeologists to identify artifacts.

Grade Level: Third through twelfth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Indoor Mapping

Using the same methods that archaeologists use during excavations, students map and record information from a simulated test unit. 

Grade Level: Third through eighth grades
Length: 45 minutes
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Outdoor Mapping

At a simulated site, students map and record data using a coordinate system outdoors.  Requires a 75' x 75' grassy area.

Grade Level: Fourth through eighth grades
Length: 1 hour
Format: Hands-on for classroom size groups
Number of Students: 30 maximum
Fee: $50.00 (plus transportation)

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Archaeology Environmental Field Trip

If your class or school will be exploring areas such as Perrot State Park or Goose Island, call MVAC. Staff members can meet you at the park to discuss and/or tour archaeological sites in the area, lead students in Native American Games, or design a presentation around your curriculum. For more information phone 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean.

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*MVAC Educational Programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
*This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.