Archaeology in the Classroom

The South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD) is offering an application process for free “Archaeology in the Classroom” programs for the Spring 2018 semester (February – June 2018). Classrooms in eleven Midlands counties (Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter) are eligible to apply.  Applications are due no later than 5pm on Monday, February 5, 2018. SC Humanities supported this initiative with a Mini Grant in December 2017.

Archaeology in the Classroom is designed to bring interactive archaeology programs to students of all ages. The study of archaeology can be used as a pathway to teach students about science, math, social studies, literature, and our shared cultural heritage. An Archaeology in the Classroom program includes a brief overview of what archaeologists do, what archaeology is, and hands-on activities to reinforce archaeological concepts. The Archaeology in the Classroom experience can be custom tailored to each class to deliver a presentation that meets each group’s needs and interests. There are a variety of program topics, including “Games of the Past,” “Make Your Own Pottery,” “Sand Stratigraphy,” and “Wattle and Daub.” You can learn more at the SCAPOD website:

SCAPOD was established in 2010 with a mission to encourage knowledge of South Carolina’s cultural heritage and archaeology. By using the slogan ‘Preserving Heritage through Archaeology Education,’ SCAPOD will ensure the studies of cultural heritage and archaeology are used as innovative educational tools to help people learn about history and diversity.

The 2018 Archaeology in the Classroom programs are supported by SC Humanities and Midlands Gives 2017.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.