Photo of participants at LAW Teacher Workshop in 2012

JUST FOR EDUCATORS

Living Archaeology Weekend offers educators a wide range of resources about American Indians and Pioneer people who lived in and around the Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky. Use these materials to prepare your students to attend the event or to extend their learning after the event. Incorporate the materials in other ways into your curricula.

 
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ACTIVITIES FOR EDUCATORS

Hey educators! Here are LAW-related activities you can use with your students in the classroom, before or after the in-person event.

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Making Cordage

Twist cordage or yarn using this experimental archaeology lesson.

coming in Nov
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Weave It To Me

Learn the finger-weaving method for making textiles in this activity.

coming in Nov
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Making Pottery

Make a coiled clay pot using this experimental archaeology lesson.

coming in Nov
want more activities?
Excavation of a historic privy in Louisville, KY
 

BACKGROUND FOR EDUCATORS

This collection of content essays, selected just for educators, explores the rich lives of people who lived in Kentucky in the past.

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Native Textile Industries

Native peoples wove a variety of beautiful, functional textiles.

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Making Native Textiles

From gathering plants to making cordage to twining and plaiting.

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Pump Drill Technology

Native peoples have used pump drills to drill holes for millennia.

coming in Nov
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Ancient Pottery Part I

 Native peoples in Kentucky used clay pots as containers.

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Ancient Pottery Part II

Pottery traditions in Kentucky changed over time.

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Historic Privies

Historic privies or outhouses are archaeological windows to the past.

read on!
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WATCH OUR VIDEOS

These two videos and associated resources feature ancient and historic textiles important to the people who have lived in Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Resources for educators are aligned to current Kentucky state standards.

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Resources for Educators

Explore!

watch American Indian Textiles then explore specially prepared educational resources

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Resources for Educators

coming in Nov

watch Pioneer Textiles then engage with specially prepared educational resources

Mats and baskets woven with river cane, and historic photograph of American Indian woman with cane basket
 

ENGAGE WITH TECH TALKS

Tech Talks is a series of themed virtual classroom visits delivered remotely using video chat platforms. The goal is to bring LAW demonstrations to our audience.

Tammy Beane demonstrates the manufacture of Southeastern pottery.

Clay Artistry & Utility

Tammy Beane demonstrates the manufacture of pottery vessels.

coming in Nov
Robin McBride Scott demonstrates weaving with river cane.

Weaving with River Cane

Robin McBride Scott weaves mats and baskets with river cane.

coming in Nov
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Preserve Our Heritage

Why are archaeological sites and other cultural resources important?

coming in Nov
more ways to connect thru tech
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ARCHAEOLOGY IN ACTION

These video clips show archaeology in action, from evidence that informs the study of textile technologies to using experimental archaeology to weave a textile slipper.

learn about the evidence archys use to study ancient textiles

watch experimental archaeology in action:  weaving a slipper

get more archaeology in action