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Anthropology on the Internet For K-12
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To date within anthropology, archaeologists are the most active on the Internet. There are hundreds of sites to explore! A small sample follows.

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities. This site, maintained by the Archaeological Institute of America, includes opportunities from all over the world for volunteers and potential employees (especially for contract work).Volunteer entries may or may not offer credit, renumeration, and room and board. In many cases, volunteers may have to pay a fee for participation and expenses.

Archaeologist on Smithsonian vessel in Canada

~ Archaeologist on Smithsonian vessel in Canada ~

ArchNet is hosted by the Archaeological Research Institute at Arizona State University. Well-organized and easily navigated, ArchNet provides extensive coverage of online resources for archaeology. Resources are organized by region and subject area, but also by categories that include academic departments, museums, news, and journals and publishers. The site likewise offers a question-and-answer section and a search engine.

History & Culture. National Park Service's (NPS) information on our collective heritage. Search by subject or program or navigate by selecting tabs shown on the left side of the screen. One can find archaeological resources by selecting the For Teachers tab, then clicking on Teacher Resources for Archeology. From the resulting page, one can find a multiplicity of information, as well as features such as Ancient Architects of the Mississippi, an example of one of the many areas in which the NPS is working to preserve and protect our cultural heritage.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures. A thoughtful essay on Why Study Ancient World Cultures? precedes an introduction to eight ancient cultures--the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, early Islam, and medieval Europe. Links to other relevant resources under headings such as chronology, essays, images, Internet sites, and texts are included. Quizes for most cultures are included. For example, see Greek Mythology Quiz.

Archaeology in Europe. A weblog that posts news of recent discoveries and research in European archaeology, in addtion to providing a search engine and numerous links to other archaeological websites.

Center for Desert Archaeology. The Center, a private nonprofit organization, promotes stewardship of archaeological and historical resources in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest through active research, preservation, and public education. Its website includes links to to online exhibits, news and newsletters, descriptions of projects, a bookstore, and various reseources.

Virtual Autopsy. National Geographic's autopsy of a 500 year-old Incan "ice maiden" recovered from the top of a mountain in Peru in 1995 and believed to have been a teenage girl sacrificially offered to the gods. View her head, stomach (for what she ate), muscles and bones, posture and DNA and read the remarks of the physicians who examined her. The experiences of the Andes Expedition during which she was found are included.

Explore the Mysteries of Çatalhöyük, an archaeological site in central Turkey being excavated by an international team of scientists. Tour one of the earliest recorded cities in the world, meet the team working there, and see what they are finding. Find out what people ate 10,000 years ago, why scientists think they buried their dead in the floor, and what the beautiful paintings might be all about. Join in the "things to think about and do" from deciding which seed is which to drawing life events. Step into the Çat Cafe and have a chat with others about what you've seen.