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Post-Visit Resources

After your visit to our learning labs, we hope that you make use of the many resouces available to you via our web pages.


What is archaeology?

  1. Introduction to archaeology
  2. How can you find archaeological sites?
  3. Archaeological excavation
  4. After the excavation
  5. Dating methods


Trash archaeology
Sorting through modern trash to answer the following questions:

  • What room/rooms did the trash come from? Give some evidence. What kind of activities produced this trash?
  • What kind of evidence do you have for these activities?
  • How many individuals live in the household? Give an estimate and show some evidence.
  • What can you tell about the age and sex of the individuals?
  • What can you tell about the economic status and occupation of these individuals?
  • Other comments?

Presentation of results and discussion.

Origins Lab work

Kinship and Naming

I. Introduction

  • Introduce the practice of naming in Finland and Kenya among the Luo

II. Example from Nigeria

  • Naming tradition among the Ibibio of Nigeria
  • How to name a child in a traditional way

III. Example from Ghana

  • Naming after the day of birth
  • Naming according to the birth order


  1. Introduction of the Kikuyu people
  2. Reading of the kinship chart
  3. Naming the children
  4. Discussion

Kids in Group Activity