Making a Field Journal

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Trowels and brushes are certainly important tools for an archaeologist working on a dig. Perhaps more important, however, is the archaeologist's field journal. Christina Elson, an archaeologist working with the American Museum of Natural History, explains why field journals are so essential and shares a copy of one of her journals as an example of the kinds of information that journals record.

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Instructional Ideas
  • If it is not possible to trade an artifact with a class mate, have students ask a parent to a sibling to provide them with one to use for their field journal
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a computer with internet access and a printer to make copies of the pages
  • Includes detailed directions for making a field journal
  • Links are provided to related resources
  • The resource is easy to navigate
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