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Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists

Books, Periodicals, and Teaching Guides

AnthroNotes, a National Museum of Natural History Bulletin for Teachers is published free of charge three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). To be added to the mailing list, write to:
P. Ann Kaupp, Anthropology Outreach and Public Information Office, Department of Anthropology, NHB 363, MRC 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560.

Avi-Yonah, Michael. Dig This!: How Archaeologists Uncover Our Past. Minneapolis: Runestone Press, 1993.

Barker, Philip. Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. New York: Universe Books, 1977.

Everything We Know about Archaeology for You to Use in Your Classroom, a National Park Service publication for teachers, is available upon request. Send your name and address on school stationery to U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Archaeological Assistance Program, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

Macaulay, David. Motel of the Mysteries. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

McHargue, Georgess, and Michael Roberts. A Field Guide to Conservation Archaeology in North America. New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1977.

McIntosh, Jane. The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know about the Past. New York: Facts on File, 1986.

Pickering, Robert B. I Can Be An Archaeologist. Chicago: Children's Press, 1987.

Renfrew, Colin. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991.

Electronic Resources

A helpful site for teachers interested in exploring archaeological resources on the Internet is the ArchNet web site The site includes educational resources and information on current archaeological projects.

Teachers or others interested in pursuing archaeological fieldwork should visit the Archaeological Fieldwork Server at Included at the site are listings for volunteers, paid workers, field schools, and contract jobs.

Information on current trends in the archaeological profession can be found in The Society for American Archaeology Bulletin, available at


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