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.


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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