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Cortez, Colorado
Exploring the Pueblo: Archaeology for K-12 Students and Teachers, Crow Canyon
Teachers in NEH  Summer Institutes at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center learn archaeological methods. Image courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Teachers in NEH Summer Institutes at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center learn archaeological methods. Image courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

For more than 30 years, the NEH has supported archaeological education for K-12 students at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. The support has taken a number of forms, including challenge grants that were leveraged to raise an additional $2.355 million. This funding helped the Center build an educational staff and develop a distance-learning program. Since 2002, the NEH has provided funding for teacher institutes and landmark seminars, both of which bring teachers from across the nation to Crow Canyon. Once there, teachers study the history and culture of the Pueblo Indians while learning relevant archaeological techniques and interpretive methods, visiting cliff dwellings, examining artifacts, and participating in active excavations. The teachers return to the classroom with a deeper sense of the United States’s ancient history, and they are better able to communicate to their students how and why we study it.

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