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Virtual Tours and Images

Adventures in Fugawiland: A Computer Simulation in Archaeology (2nd edition), by T. Douglas Price and Anne Birgitte Gebauer (1997). This computer program and workbook introduce students to the fundamentals of archaeological research by allowing them to simulate fieldwork experiences and prepare a report of their investigations. Workbook 118 p. and a CD-ROM. Available through online book distributors. 

The American Indian CD-ROM (1998). Comprehensive research source on American Indians.  Includes several books; black and white drawings by Karl Bodmer; a guide to the records in the U.S. National Archives relating to American Indians; government documents (the American State Papers, U.S. Department of Commerce's Federal and State Indian Reservations and Indian Trust Areas); and Kappler's Vol II (Indian Treaties), among others.  These are facsimiles, so some of the entries are handwritten. Cost: $49.95. 

Archaic Shell Mounds of Kentucky (48 images) and Adena Mounds of Kentucky (45 images), annotated by Kentucky archaeologists Richard W. Jefferies and James P. Fenton, as part of Pictures of Record, Inc.'s North American Series (2002). Images include site pictures, as well as pictures of bone, shell, stone, and copper artifacts recovered during archaeological investigations at these sites during the Depression. Available on CD-ROM, and includes annotations for each image. $42.00 

Dig Library is a collection of photographs taken on site during the WPA excavations. Many pictures of famous Kentucky sites are here, along with other important sites excavated in the southeast. Pictures include excavated mounds, shell middens, crew photos, and more. Check it out:

Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of Ancient Newark, Ohio (2005 CERHAS). This interactive 3-D video navagation program created by CERHAS in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati presents the geometric earthworks in a virtual flyover representation. See the vastness of the Newark Earthworks, watch the moon rise over the central axis of the "octagon", see a reproduction of villages associated with the earthworks, and see how Native Americans used resources to build and celebrate the earthworks. A great tool for gaining a better understanding of the Hopewell Culture including 69 interactive video stories for over two hours of interactive/animated content. It includes full text, source credits, interactive timeline, glossary/index and bibliography. $24.99 

Excavating Occaneechi Town CD-ROM edited by R.P. Stephen Davis Jr., Patrick Livingood, Trawick Ward, and Vincas P. Steponaitis (1998).  Contains articles, maps, photographs, analysis, and short videos from the 1983-1995 excavations at the Fredricks site, an 18th century Occaneechi Indian village in North Carolina.  Includes hundreds of color photographs, descriptions of houses, trash pits, burials, and artifacts, and interpretations of the materials found at this site.  An archaeology primer explains the terminology and techniques used in archaeological excavation.  An "electronic dig" feature allows students to plan and carry-out their own excavations at the Fredricks site.  Grade: 4th and 5th with guidance; best for middle and high school.  Available from the University of North Carolina Press: Cost: $55, which includes an 8 page booklet.

KAS has complied a series of overhead images for teachers discussing the prehistoric inhabitants of Kentucky. The overheads are posted in chronological order, starting with PaleoIndians, and ending with contact period natives.

Kentucky Before Boone Poster by Jimmy A. Railey (1990).  Detailed black and white line drawings on this poster illustrate all aspects of Kentucky prehistory from the very earliest hunter-gatherers to the most recent native farmers.  It includes time-specific scenes, activity scenes, and technology scenes.  An accompanying fact sheet summarizes Kentucky prehistory.  Available from the Kentucky Heritage Council, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY, 40601.  Grade: K-12.  Cost: Free. 

Kentucky Virtual Art Museum (KET, 2005) This program provides over 250 images from 20 museums located in Kentucky. Most relevant to educators are the images from the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology. Pictures of an Adena gaitskill tablet, twined woodland period slippers, archaic atlatl weights, and a Mississippian jar are a few of the images included. Each image includes background information, classroom ideas, and links to related web-sites. The program can be ordered through KET.   Available online for $20 at 

Revealing Archaeology, part of Interactive Explorations, Thinking Strings' multi-media curriculum units (2002). Instructional software designed to enrich learning about the theoretical and methodological approaches of modern archaeology, and the principles and practice of archaeological research using multimedia capabilities (narration, animation, sound) and the internet. Eight modules, which include a glossary and bibliography, address such topics as chronology, technology, and site preservation, and encourage analytical thinking. A tracking and achievement reporting system for each user is a unique feature. Grade: upper level high school and college. Cost: $69.95 

Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France by Harold L. Dibble, Shannon P. McPherron and Barbara Roth (2000). This "virtual field school) provides students with a very realistic experience of what it is like to carry out an excavation using real data at Combe-Capelle, a Middle Paleolithic prehistoric site in France. Organized in a series of modules that cover the various phases of preparation (research question formulation and grant proposal writing) through excavation (interactive--students actually remove virtual dirt and artifacts) and analysis (learning stone tool types, and simulating the knapping of stone tools; manipulating data), the modules can be used in sequence or completely independently of one another.  Available from online book distributors.



Last Updated 2/22/2010