Ceramic bowl from Macon County, North Carolina, ca. AD 1500.

Intrigue of the Past

From the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Intrigue of the Past

Provided by Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Republished with permission from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina’s First Peoples results from a marriage of the Bureau of Land Management’s Project Archaeology and the University of North Carolina’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology’s commitment to provide a program designed to share with and teach North Carolina students about our state’s rich and fascinating past. Equally important, the program emphasizes that the archaeological evidence of that past is fragile and threatened, and we all have a responsibility to see to its wise use.

Teaching materials include two main components. Lesson plans form the foundation; they include information about the fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology. Essays in Chapter 3 provide the teacher with detailed information about four periods in North Carolina’s ancient history as archaeologists have come to understand it. Students can benefit from Chapter 3’s “Quick studies.” Appendixes include places to visit suitable for all ages and a bibliography of selected readings. Items suitable for young readers are specifically noted.

Intrigue presents an integrated means of teaching archaeology. Lesson plans provide comprehensive understandings of concepts, issues, and insights in archaeology; information from the essays reinforces these understandings through additional culture history. Designed with you, the educator, in mind, all activities are self-contained and use readily available materials that require little preparation to teach. Many of the activities help you teach required concepts and skills.