Reading Artifacts

History detectives put their keen observation skills to the test as they closely examine artifacts. Drawing on visual and tactile clues, they formulate a theory about who done it, or in this case who made it, why, and for what purpose and record their notes on the provided worksheet.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide each class member with an artifact to examine
  • Arrange for the curator of a local museum to visit your class or schedule a visit to a local museum

  • The worksheet models the procedure followed by curators and archeologists 

  • The activity assumes each participant has an artifact to examine
  • A list of suggested artifacts is not included