We are hosting our next archeaological dig next May. Geof Purcell from dothedig.net will be running it. I have chosen Maya as the theme because it is 2012 right now and if the world doesn't come to an end, it would be a good time to watch all of those 2012 documentaries and have many interesting discussions about prophesies.
Usually as part of the dig I hold pre-dig classes to give the children some historical background and meaning to the artifacts they will be "discovering". Last year we made a 18 foot timeline of Greco-Roman history, visited the MET (in NYC) with Geof and made "artifacts" or copies of pieces we saw in the museum. Today I have been pondering what kind of pre-dig activities I should organize for the Mayan dig.
I have been scouring the internet for unit studies to look at, finding books and checking out various documentaries.
There are two activities I would like to try with the group. I would like to make a 4ft x 4ft 3D topographical map of the Yucatan peninsula, with pin labels for the different settlements/towns and cities of the Mayan peoples during three different time periods in Mayan history. I might make a timeline ahead of time to use as a guide. I would love to make little models of Mayan architecture to place on the map.
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And did I mention that I want to go to take a field trip to Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to see Maya 2012 and one of the best Mayan artifact collections in the Northeast.
I love this planning phase. It is so much fun getting wildly lost on the internet, going down tangents. The hours melt away and I have only just begun!