Discover Archaeology! is a slideshow created by Martha Potter Otto, who has been the Curator of Archaeology of the Ohio Historical Society since 1974. View the slideshow online at: www.ohiokids.org/learnMoreAbout/ohiojones/dig/slide01.html
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park underwent 17 years of excavation and research until 1989 in order to understand the site’s original in habitants. Now, the village works to continue archaeological research and exhibits many of the artifacts recovered from the site. Visitors can explore the ancient home of Native American Indians who occupied the land between A.D. 1000 and 1650. Special events are hosted year around at the park. For more information, visit: www.sunwatch.org/.
The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
The Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Chillicothe offers special events featuring Native American and archeological themes. They also host a Junior Ranger program for children ages 6 through 12. For more information, call 740-774-1126, or visit its Web site at: www.nps.gov/hocu/.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
In addition to offering a wide variety of paleontological exhibits, the museum provides a number of other activities for children, including summer camps and one-time classes. For more information, call 216-231-4600, or visit its Web site at: www.cmnh.org/.
The Heidelberg College
The Heidelberg College in Toledo offers several opportunities for students in grades 5 through 12 to experience archaeology. From September through June, classes visit Johnson's Island and learn about the American Civil War and how archaeology helps to interpret the past. For more information, visit its Web site at: http://johnsonsisland.heidelberg.edu/.
The Ohio Historical Center
The Ohio Historical Center features interesting exhibits that explore Ohio's past, such as "The First Ohioans." This exhibit features one of the most significant archaeological collections in the United States, with articles from all known prehistoric cultures of the Midwest region. The section gives a chronology of the prehistoric and historic Indian cultures and displays several dioramas depicting life in prehistoric Indian villages.
Also, the Ohio Historical Society has developed a variety of resource programs for teachers to tap into a wide range of subject-focused field trips. Dozens of programs based on important Ohio and national historical themes are offered at many of the Society's 62 sites, which include museums, military forts, nature preserves, and living-history villages. For more information, call 614-297-2300, or visit its Web site at:
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