Education

Looking for a way to introduce young people to a truly scientific approach that combines history, mystery and fun? Try one of our educational kits for your class!

A dynamic educational tool
Intended for students in elementary cycles 2 and 3, the educational kits designed by the Archéo-Québec Network bring young people into contact with professional archaeologists in a way that makes archaeology and its evidence more accessible and encourages discussion. Through a range of diverse activities and approaches, students discover over 12 000 years of history, Amerindian and Euro-Québec lifeways and developments that have marked the story of industrialization.

Students have the opportunity to see and touch artifacts interpreted and presented by REAL archaeologists, who introduce their profession and archaeological discoveries through one of five productive themes relating to aspects of the students’ everyday lives: Food, Shelter, Defence, Clothing and Trade. A sixth theme completes this series by presenting the discipline in a more scientific light and is entitled What’s archaeology?. Young people are invited to take part in multiple experiences that appeal to their senses and let them play a true role in their own learning processes.

This project, initiated in 2006 in accordance with the program of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et des Sports, promotes the learning of numerous curriculum-related competencies and helps to stimulate young people’s interest and curiosity with respect to Québec’s history and archaeology.

The scientific approach to archaeology
Like any science, archaeology possesses its own methods and techniques. However, it uses an approach – starting with the definition of goals, continuing with the collection, description, treatment and interpretation of data and ending with the validation of the interpretation – that is common to all sciences.

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Educational kits

Food

This kit focuses on specific techniques related to obtaining food (hunting and fishing) and on the making of tools required for preparing, storing and eating it.

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Shelter

This kit focuses on ingenious techniques used to provide shelter in a given environment with the materials at hand. This theme also lends itself to exploring different lifestyles in various periods.

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Clothing

This kit focuses on everything related to making a piece of clothing. The topics dealt with include assembly-line work, practical accessories and techniques used to produce both fancy and ordinary wear.

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Defence

The aspect of defence represents a wide-ranging theme. Depending on the period, the activity deals with topics such as defending oneself against an animal or an enemy, engaging in a war overseas or planning a defensive strategy.

 

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Trade

Starting with the fur trade and leading to the industrial era and the rules of national and international markets, this kit focuses on key events in the economic stories that have shaped both history and the landscape.

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What's archaeology?

The goal of the sixth kit is to present the fundamentals of archaeology in simple and imaginative ways. It covers various stages, from the discovery of a fragment to the analyses that let us understand its significance. The kit is intended to show how archaeology calls on many other sciences and disciplines in establishing the context and import of an artifact.

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Educational Resources

Studying Archaeology