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Resources for Teachers and Students

The African American Archaeological Resource Kit or ARK: This kit of teacher resource materials was assembled by Dr. Barbara Heath under the sponsorship of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA). It is organized around three actual archaeological sites in Virginia and contains artifacts; artifact identification flash cards; maps and site plans; a card game based on foodways; and explanatory material on each site. The kit circulates at no cost and is now available to be checked out by teachers, museums, and educational organizations. Contact Dee DeRoche, or by phone at (804) 482-6441.

The Virginia Indian Archaeological Resource Kit or ARK: The ARK contains books, drawings, videos, replicas, and a computer game that will give students a variety of ways to explore archaeology and the Indians of Virginia. The kit circulates on loan at no cost. Museums, teachers, and educational organizations may make a reservation to borrow the kit by contacting Dee DeRoche, or by phone at (804) 482-6441.

First People: The Early Indians of Virginia: Find out about the ancient history of the native people of Virginia. Although the unit's webpages span the entire spectrum of native cultural history, they barely scratch the surface of what archaeologists and other scholars are learning about native Virginians.

AnthroNotes Digital Repository: The entire collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology publication AnthroNotes (1979-2012) and 262 individual AnthroNotes articles can be downloaded in three formats (PDF, mobi, ePub) from the Smithsonian Libraries digital database. The database is searchable by author, title, year and subject. Searches may be conducted in over 40 topics, including geographic regions, contemporary issues, and education. AnthroNotes includes research-based articles by leading scholars in the field as well as classroom-tested activities.  

Updated  5.25.17