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Archaeology Magazines

American Archaeology, which began publication in 1997, focuses specifically on findings and developments in American archaeology.  It is a quarterly publication, prepared by The Archaeological Conservancy and aimed at the general reader.  Sections include events, news, book reviews, and feature articles.  Subscription is through membership in The Archaeological Conservancy, which is $25.00/year.    

Archaeology.  Magazine of the Archaeology Institute of America.  Articles and features about archaeological discoveries and research around the world; a decidedly classical archaeology/ancient civilizations flavor.  Cost: $14.97.  

Archaeology: Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Series (1997).  A complete, yet concise, source of information.  A must!  Chapters define archaeology, describe the history of archaeology, discuss the step-by-step process of how archaeology is done from initial research through sharing findings with others, and discuss careers in archaeology.  Interesting short descriptions focus on particular prehistoric and historic sites and on topical issues.  Wonderfully illustrated.   Available from your local Boy Scout council office or from Boy Scouts of America, 

DIG Magazine. The core of this magazine's subject matter is recent developments in the field of archaeology, with each issue focusing on one theme. Colorful graphics, puzzles, games, and hands-on projects enhance cognitive and critical thinking skills. (Published by Cobblestone Publishing Co., a division of Cricket Magazine Group, in cooperation with the American Institute of Archaeology)

Archaeology and the Public, a thematic issue of CRM Vol. 18(3) 1995.  Articles address the various ways archaeology is made accessible to the American public.  Topics covered include archaeology and the Internet; misconceptions about the human past; educating developers, teachers, landowners, and youth organizations; working with American Indians; and case studies in historic and underwater archaeology.
Cobblestone and Cricket Publishing offer a wide array of outstanding student social studies magazines with Anthropology or Archaeology themes!  
Cobblestone Magazine 
Faces Magazine 
Calliope Magazine 
Dig Magazine: 

Kentucky Connections: Teaching with History and Heritage.  Annual publication from the new Resource Center for Heritage Education (a joint venture between the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Heritage Council).  Follows the theme of National History Day.  Presented in magazine format, Kentucky Connections helps teachers and students discover opportunities for learning that exist throughout Kentucky using local records, buildings, artifacts, and oral history.  Articles are written by classroom teachers, historians, and other educators that provide content as well as teaching strategies/activities, suggestions for field trips, and a bibliography of related resources.  Each volume is illustrated with wonderful archival photographs.  Frankfort, KY, 40601.  Phone 502/564-6661.  43 p.  Cost: Free.

Kentucky African-Americans in the Civil War: A Defining Moment in the Quest for Freedom, complied by Joseph E. Brent (1997).  Companion booklet to the 1997 Kentucky State Fair Exhibit on Kentucky African- Americans in the Civil War.  Brief history of regimental units organized in Kentucky by the Union Army; profile of Camp Nelson, primary recruitment and enlistment station for blacks, where long-term archaeological research had been carried out; and description of adjacent non-military refugee camp of Hall, Kentucky, where extensive oral history interviews have been carried out.  Available from the Kentucky Heritage Council, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 or call 502/564-6661.  34 p. Grade: high school.  Cost: free

Native Peoples Magazine.  This quarterly magazine is dedicated to the sensitive portrayal of the arts and lifeways of native peoples of the Americas.  It is published in affiliation with a host of museums and organizations, chief among them is The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.  Articles cover many topics.  Features include "In The News" (about native individuals); a guest essay; and video/audio and book reviews.  Wonderfully illustrated.  Cost: $19.95 a year (six issues). 

Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State edited by James C. Klotter (1992).  Inspired by a high school teacher's request for a textbook about Kentucky history, this Kentucky Bicentennial Commission book covers Kentucky history from prehistory to today.  Chapter 2, "The Ancient Past" by Nancy O'Malley, presents an overview of 12,000 years of Kentucky prehistory from hunting and gathering cultures to farming cultures. Book includes black and white pictures, appendices, a bibliography, and index. ISBN: 0813121450 Cost: $35.00 Available from (ask about education discounts) Grade: high school.  Pg 360 

Two brochures on Kentucky's prehistoric Mississippian farming cultures: Late Prehistoric Native Americans of the Upper Cumberland River Valley (1997) and Prehistoric Farmers of the Barren River Region (1998).  Archaeologists prepared these brochures to describe the results of research into the lifeways of Mississippian peoples who lived at particular village sites in Knox County and in Barren County, respectively.  Available from the A. Gwynn Henderson KAS Education Coordinator.  Grade: middle and high school.  Cost: Free.  

Participate in Archaeology (1994).  National Park Service, Archaeological Assistance Program.  A useful brochure that lists archaeological fieldwork opportunities, movies, videos, magazines, and introductory books.  Available from A. Gwynn Henderson KAS Education Coordinator.  Grade: high school  Cost:  Free. 

The Pioneer Log House in Kentucky by William J. Mcintire (1998).  Prepared to accompany the 1998 Kentucky State Fair's Pioneer Experience in Kentucky Exhibit, this booklet is an introduction to early Kentucky log cabins.  It discusses the origins of this kind of building, distinguishes between log cabins and log houses, and describes log house construction, providing black and white photos and floor plans of the various types.  The booklet concludes with a description of how these structures were built and the various elements that make up a log house (foundation, floor, walls, siding, nails, roofs) and it furnishings.  Available from the Kentucky Heritage Council.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom (Formerly Art To Zoo: Teaching With the Power of Objects).   A quarterly publication that weaves research, information, and lesson plans into complete units of study.  Each  issue focuses on a particular theme, contains background information, lesson plans, classroom activities, resource lists, and activity pages in English and Spanish. The Nov/Dec 1995 issue of Art To Zoo treated archaeological subjects in "Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists" Available online: Other issues are available at from the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. 

The Society for American Archaeology has developed a booklet and two brochures teachers might find useful:

Archaeology and You.  This booklet is about archaeology and you. It is designed to provide you with basic information about the science of archaeology, along with advice on how you can learn more and, if you wish, actually take part in it. A selection of specialized books, magazines, and films appears in the appendix, which also identifies sites and museums you can visit. In addition, there are suggestions for those who might like to volunteer for excavation or other archaeological work.

The Path to Becoming an Archaeologist.  This brochure succinctly outlines for students the diverse employment settings within which archaeologists work; the tasks they commonly carry out at these jobs; the kind of education required to become an archaeologist; how to obtain employment; and a listing of groups to contact for more information.

Experience Archaeology.  This brochure targets the layperson who is interested in becoming active in archaeology.  It outlines principles of archaeological ethics; how archaeological sites are threatened, why they are important, and what citizens can do to preserve them; a list of ways interested people can become involved in archaeology; and a list of places, resources, and institutions to consult for more information.


Anthro.Notes (a National Museum of Natural History Newsletter for Teachers), published three times a year.  Issues available online  

The Society for American Archaeology's Archaeology and Public Education Newsletter is on hiatus, but back issues can be found exclusively on-line!  Two sections will be interest to teachers. The News & Notes Section lists news happenings, new books and curricula, and web sites, while the Events Section announces workshops, conferences, fieldwork opportunities, and archaeology week/month events. Most back issues are available on-line in .pdf format (you'll need Adobe Acrobat Viewer to view them). Otherwise, selected hardcopy backissues are still available: vol. 5(3) through vol. 8(3). 

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center's Archaeology Education Newsletter. Quarterly newsletter includes articles on the archaeological process, excerpts from a teacher's personal field school journal; classroom activities; student worksheets; and updates and announcements of upcoming activities.  Get online access the newsletter archives, power point presentations, and online lesson plans


Last Updated 2/20/2010