We had fun making fake artifacts for K-5 adventure camp.  The library books accompany the displays. At our simulated dig the campers charted the objects before taking them to the “research” section to find them in these books. Then they placed them on our “museum” tables with companion pieces. Use the contact page to email a message to me if you would like more ideas on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) integration or unit studies.IMG_20160706_234655

(1) Foam insulation board Persian head carving, painted and sprinkled with sand while wet, (2) DK Eyewitness Books Archeology, (3) some of my beginner pottery (4) hand prints and petrography – not shown


Clay stamps simulating ancient coins and small sculptures

(1a) Hebrew and Greek Psalm 102:18 painted on slab of foam insulation board (1b) paper plate Hebrew/English/Greek decoder, (2) The Crafts and Culture of the Ancient Hebrews, (3) milk cap coins with hot glue designs and gold acrylic paint (4) scrolls – not shown (5) stamps to make ancient coins and small sculptures


(1) foam plate bowl with hot glue cabochons and ‘lions’ with metallic acrylic paints, (2) DK Eyewitness Book Bible Lands, (3) costume jewelry and bean beads, (4) more of my beginner ceramics & two Robby Wood collaborations- thank you Gary Hatcher and Z. Miles Mayfield at UT Tyler, and guest artist Robby Wood, for many clayworking techniques you taught us.


(1) can of tomatoes marked “use by 1811”, (2) cast iron trivet, (3) plated and stamped spoon, (4) DK Smithsonian Visual Timeline Inventions, (5) abacus – not shown


We camp staffers are looking forward to an adventurous week with the campers!

Day 1 – What is archeology? Cave art wall of hands, stick people, and animals

Day 2 – Simulated Dig

Day 3 – Pottery, clay impressions, and coin stamping

Day 4 – Reassemble “pottery” puzzles

Day 5 – Ancient writing on tablets, and scrolls found in pottery (time capsules)



2 thoughts on “Archaeology Artifacts

  1. Today was great at camp! My husband, son and I mixed up a big batch of cold porcelain dough (flour based) for the campers to explore pottery, coin stamping, and clay impressions. They were giving each other new ideas and quickly progressed to coloring details on their projects with markers and sandwiching the stamps so that their clay coins were double sided. They practiced reversing print so it would read correctly from the stamps. Many campers made gifts for siblings and parents, and others made models and food miniatures.

  2. Interested in using simulated artifacts for a science fair (archaeology, anthropology), unit studies, or STEAM?

    Objects made to scale can be used to integrate maths. Artists often use a part to measure a whole, such as a person seven heads high. My mini Olmec head (from Mesoamerica/Gulf of Mexico) copies basalt stone sculptures that are fifteen times bigger (1:15 scale). It could be used to measure out a chalk drawing 15 heads across the pavement.

    Mold and model making is a part of sculpture making for an artist, and these art skills can enhance the science curriculum. Air dry clay, play dough’s, plaster, and silicone compounds can be used to demonstrate impressions and molds, which occur naturally and are made by scientists to replicate a found impression.

    Email me through the message box on my contacts page for more ideas.

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