Bringing Archaeology Home

  • Grades 6-9  
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 students per session
  • Standards: Program focuses on Kansas History, Government and Social Studies (HGSS) 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.3
  • Available starting November 6, 2017

Developed in collaboration with archaeology faculty from Kansas State University, this new middle school program combines real world archaeological research with an interactive format to teach youth about the human past in Kansas.

Working from a scale model floor plan, students will uncover artifacts from a real Central Plains Tradition (c. 1000-1400AD) home site located in north central Kansas.  Working in teams, students will investigate the artifacts uncovered at this site and draw conclusions about the people and culture who lived here.

Bringing Archaeology Home artifact cards
Bringing Archaeology Home floor map

In the process, students will practice archaeological skills, gaining an understanding and appreciation for the work done by professional archaeologists today.  They will also learn the important role that everyday citizens like themselves play in protecting evidence of the past.

Designed for students in 6th-9th grade, this program is the perfect complement to any social studies coursework dealing with world cultures, ancient peoples, Kansas history, or archaeology. It is available as both a formal school program and an offsite program where we come to you.

The development of this program was supported in part from an Engagement Incentive Grant from the Kansas State University Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Available starting November 6, 2017. For more information or to book a program, please submit a group visit form, call 785-587-2726, or email: FHDCeducation@cityofmhk.com

Special Funding Available!

Thanks to our program partners, the Flint Hills Discovery Center has funds available for up to 100 students to attend this program free of charge!  All you have to pay is our normal $3 student admission rate and we'll throw in the $3 program fee for free!  This opportunity is available first come, first served basis.

To apply, please submit a group visit form and select Bringing Archaeology Home as your program of choice.  Under special requirements, please note your interest in the Bringing Archaeology Home grant funding.

Made possible through our partners:



Lauren W. Ritterbush, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Kansas State University



Brad Logan, Research Associate Professor of Archaeology, Kansas State University

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