Dirt Detectives at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

What will you discover in the dirt?

At Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Students become archaeologists as they excavate a mock pit with actual tools of the trade and process (put together) reproduction artifacts in a field lab. Inside the museum, they explore building archaeology via trap doors. They analyze objects to learn about daily life at the farm over the last 300 years.

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Program Details

Available weekdays, April through November, for grades 3 – 7.

Length: 2 hours

Maximum Group Size: 50 students

Cost: $7 per student

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Archaeology

Also available as a Program to Go at your site.

View a sample primary source. This 1812 map of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm helped archaeologists plan their excavations.

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks (August 2003 version)

History and Social Science

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Learning Standards: 3.4, 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 3.12

Concepts and Skills: 2

Learning Standards: 4.7

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Learning Standards: 5.10, 5.11, 5.18, 5.32, 5.33

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8

Learning Standards: 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.9, 7.13

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

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