This lesson was designed to get students thinking about ancient Native culture-how it survived, and how it compares to the current culture today in New Mexico.
Students will recognize that handprint petroglyphs and pictographs may be prehistoric signatures. By leaving behind their own handprints on paper, students will increase their understanding of the value of petroglyphs and the need for their preservation.
This lesson is designed to teach young students about the many uses of tools over time. Students will not only understand how important tools were, but how they have been adapted and changed over time to fit our societal needs.
Drafted by teachers who attended "Project Archeology" workshops, lessons include hands-on activities that students undertake either on a field trip to Aztec Ruins or in the classroom with replica artifacts. Produced through funds from a National Park Foundation grant, the guide has been distributed to all San Juan County area schools.
Each pot sherd has a story and helps to complete the picture of a people in the absence of a written history. The ancestral Pueblo people created pottery for utilitarian, ceremonial functions and rituals, and trade. The styles of the pottery found at Aztec Ruins had specific relevance to their particular pre-historical, cultural context and intended use.