Colleen Betti excavates at Old Chapel Field, St. Inigoes.
Archaeology provides an excellent opportunity to explore history, the natural sciences, religion, and art with students of all ages. For example, archaeological excavation relies on principles of geology/earth science, because layers of soil (strata) are excavated sequentially. Archaeological sites can be formed through natural processes like floods or volcanic eruptions, but also through the everyday actions of people.
Archaeology provides a tangible way of exploring American history through the use of artifacts. Our project educators have developed four lessons that integrate the stories of Jesuit-enslaved ancestors with themes of geology/earth science, American history, Civics and Catholicism. 3D printed artifacts can be painted as part of an art lesson as well.