Artifacts don't have to be thousands of years old to be interesting.
Your family may have some tools, games, or toys at home that no one knows how to use.
Check out your grandparents' home to find some really old stuff and invite your friends to collect some of their own "blasts from the past.
" Hold a "What is it?
" day to see how many different uses you can come up with for each artifact.
Have your grandparents show you the correct use.
Visit a local historical society or museum to learn about people who lived in your area before the turn of the century.
Find out who settled the area and identify the oldest known structure.
Are there any archeological excavations nearby?
If so, check them out!
Set up an excavation in a box.
Get a 50-pound (22.
5 kg) bag of topsoil.
Starting at the bottom of the box and moving upward layer by layer, bury a number of different items associated with different tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc.
Each group of associated items is called an assemblage, and they must be buried together on the same level.
Invite some friends to help excavate and see if they can work out the context of events.
(Example of a cooking assemblage: spoon, egg shells, milk carton, can.