The MUA in Boston …. and a Classroom Near You

September 26, 2007

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce its latest endeavor: “Holding History in Your Hand,” a program for classroom teachers. This program, entitled “Artifact Analysis” uses a hands-on exercise to teach students how underwater archaeologists learn about people by studying the things they left behind. Through a class discussion of their observations students learn the importance of provenience, context, and conservation. They will learn to make that important step from discussing things to discussing people.

“Holding History in Your Hand” supplies the teacher with a written curriculum presenting the archaeological process, replicas of artifacts for hands on examination, bookmarks, a CD with additional videos of underwater archaeologists at work, other activities for further exploration, and back up copies of all documents teachers can download for future reference.  The classroom activities are supplemented by the MUA’s online exhibit “A Children’s Introduction to Underwater Archaeology.”  The only cost to teachers is for shipping and handling for sending and returning the materials to the MUA.  Please see the Teaching Resource link in the left side navigation menu to download a PDF description for your school at:


We’re also excited to announce that the MUA will take part in The Archaeological Institute of America’s Archaeology Fair held at the Boston Museum of Science on October 4 – 5, 2007.  We will hold special sessions for the visiting school classes and man a table with information about the new “Holding History in Your Hand,” program and the MUA’s other projects.   A sample kit will be on display. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please stop by if you’re in the area and say hello. We look forward to meeting you!  For more information visit the Boston Museum of Science website at:



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