Archaeology in the Classroom

Archaeology in the Classroom

In July, MEACON Founder and Vice-President Lindsay Randall collaborated with Dr. Bethany Jay of Salem State University to run a Graduate Summer Institute class from current and future history teachers.   The focus of the week long course was how to integrate archaeology into the classroom as a way to better understand minorities in history.  The week covered Native Americas, women, enslaved people, free blacks living in Boston and culminated in a hands-on excavation at the the Rebecca Nurse Homestead with Dr. Nate Hamilton, professor at the University of Southern Maine.

Each day begin with a content overview and then site visits to places such as the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Commonwealth Museum, the Royall House and Slave Quarters, and the African Meeting House.  Resources and demonstrations of practical ways that archaeology could be used to enhance lessons was modeled.

This course will be offered again next summer through Salem State University and can be taken for Graduate level credits or Professional Development Points (PDPs)  For more information please contact us at


Graduate students working with MAECON Founder and President, Jennifer Poulsen to look at reproduction objects from Katherine Nanny Naylor’s 17th century privy to compare with the documentary record.  For a copy of the PRIVY TO THE PAST lesson please clicker HERE



Using string to create “lines of sight” on a model of the Royall House and Slave Quarters students were able to begin to understand how enslaved men and women were able to utilize the architecture and landscapes that their owners had built in order to create a space for themselves which was free from constant surveillance.



At the end of the busy week students had the chance to take part in a real archaeological dig at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead with Dr. Nate Hamilton.



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