This section of the website is meant to provide classroom resources for teachers. Currently Resources is split into two sections: Intrigue of the Past and Excavating Occaneechi Town. Intrigue of the Past is a book of lesson plans and information about North Carolina Indians. It was initially published in 2001; while it has seen updates since then, for consistency we have kept it organized according to the subject divisions at that time. Excavating Occaneechi Town is a digital site report that describes and interprets the buried remains of an eighteenth-century Indian village in North Carolina. While we hope to be able to update it in the future, we present it here as a legacy link which may be used as is, or with your own adaptations.
Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina’s First Peoples results from a marriage of the Bureau of Land Management’s Project Archaeology and the University of North Carolina’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology’s commitment to provide a program designed to share with and teach North Carolina students about our state’s rich and fascinating past. Equally important, the program emphasizes that the archaeological evidence of that past is fragile and threatened, and we all have a responsibility to see to its wise use.
Each lesson is designed to teach one or two archaeological concepts. A key (at the head of each lesson) lists subjects addressed, skills learned, strategies used to teach skills and concepts, duration, and class size.
Activity sheets for students to complete are included in many lessons. Some lessons include masters that can be used as teaching aids. Both activity sheets and masters are reproducible as transparencies or handouts. The activities are easy to prepare and all materials are included or readily available.
Excavating Occaneechi Town came to exist because archaeologists wanted to describe and explain the buried remains of what they found over the course of the excavation in an accessible and interactive way. The report contains visual and descriptive information that you do not usually get to experience in a typical archaeological site report. It is a complete, fully searchable record of all the excavated contexts and recovered artifacts from Occaneechi Town with 1,000+ full-color photographs and maps, and information on 100,000+ analyzed artifacts!