Dirt Detectives at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Discover how science and history work together to uncover stories of the past!

At Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

This experiential learning program features hands on learning stations where students become archaeologists. Students will excavate a mock pit with actual tools of the trade, process (piece together) reproduction artifacts in a field lab, analyze the artifacts, and then tour the museum to learn how artifacts discovered in archaeology and primary source materials merge together to tell the story of the people that lived at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

New: A virtual version of Dirt Detectives is now available! The program includes two videos covering all of the stations offered during the on-site program, as well as a packet of learning materials and a live, virtual lesson with our education staff! Registration available here.

Program Details

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

Length: 2 hours

Maximum Group Size: 60 students

Cost: $12 per student

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Archaeology

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
History and Social Science

Grade 4

T2, 02. 03. 04


Grade 5

T1, 01. 03

Grade 6

T1, 01.02.03

T2, 02

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

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