2008 Archaeological Adventures

A Course for Educators
Archaeology of the American Southwest

Archaeological education, ancestral Pueblo Indian history, the science of archaeology, excavation, laboratory analysis, and field trips.

• Introduction to the tools and techniques of archaeology and the fundamentals of Pueblo Indian history. • Sharing lesson plans. • Laboratory analysis and identification of artifacts. • Excavation at one of several Pueblo Indian sites in the Goodman Point Unit of Hovenweep National Monument, which contains sites that have been protected by the federal government since 1889. • Field trip to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Crow Canyon recognizes that teachers need professional development that is both intellectually stimulating and relevant in the classroom. This weeklong course gives educators a unique opportunity to learn the science of archaeology and to further their knowledge of ancestral Pueblo Indian (Anasazi) history. Most importantly, the course also provides educators ideas and materials to develop a unit on archaeology for engaging their students in an exciting learning experience. At the beginning of this week, teachers become familiar with the tools and techniques of archaeology and the fundamentals of Pueblo Indian history. Prepared with these basics, they go into the research laboratory to learn how to analyze and identify artifacts; in the field, they excavate side-by-side with Crow Canyon’s team of professional archaeologists. Field trips to the Anasazi Heritage Center and Mesa Verde National Park round out the week’s activities and give participants exciting opportunities to apply newly developed skills and knowledge to an in-depth interpretation of the cultural history of the Mesa Verde region. The objectives of Crow Canyon’s Course for Educators are closely aligned with national education standards for social studies, geography, history, and science. Critical-thinking skills, science, scientific processes, history, and multicultural studies are components of the program; core resource materials are provided. Teachers return to their classrooms with a new awareness of the ancient past, a fresh enthusiasm for teaching, and new educational resources to spark their students’ interest. Two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Colorado School of Mines are available for an additional fee. Please call for details.

July 27–August 2, 2008

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Program Details
Tuition per Person:
Member Nonmember $1,175 $1,275

Tuition covers accommodations, meals, entry fees and permits, and local transportation after your arrival in Cortez until your departure from Cortez. Transportation to and from Cortez is your responsibility. Deposit
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Continuing Education Units:
Two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Colorado School of Mines are available for an additional fee. Please call for details.

How to Register
Phone: Call 800.422.8975 Mon–Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (mountain standard time). Online: Use the secure reservation form at www.crowcanyon.org or e-mail programs@crowcanyon.org. You will be contacted within two working days to complete registration. Mail or Fax: Download, complete, and sign the reservation form at www.crowcanyon.org. Send to: Crow Canyon Registrar, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or fax to 970.565.4859.
Please note: Mailed-in, faxed, and online requests are subject to availability. Your credit card will not be charged until your registration and membership are fully processed and confirmed by the Crow Canyon registrar.

Our 170-acre campus provides space for relaxing, watching wildlife, walking through the pinyon and juniper woods, and enjoying panoramic mountain views from the rocking chairs on the lodge deck. We provide shared accommodations in comfortable Navajo–style log cabins (hogans). Private rooms are not available and, depending on enrollment, couples might not be housed together. Shared, modern shower and toilet facilities are located in a separate building adjacent to the hogans. You will need to provide your own bedding and towels. Our chef, Jim Martin, is a treasure! Three delicious meals are served each day. You’ll be treated to delectable, healthy meals that feature hearty entrees and fresh fruits and vegetables. A salad bar and vegetable dishes are available for those who favor vegetarian meals.

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Cancellation: Cancellation at any time: $150 handling fee. Cancellation within 40 days of program start date: forfeiture of all payments. All cancellations must be in writing to Crow Canyon Registrar, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to programs@crowcanyon.org.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin. Crow Canyon is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance knowledge of the human experience through archaeological research, education programs, and collaboration with American Indians. Crow Canyon is nationally recognized for the quality of its archaeological research and education programs. Crow Canyon reserves the right to withdraw, without penalty, any announced program, in which case a full refund will be made. Crow Canyon will not be liable for any costs incurred by a participant in preparation for the trip, including nonrefundable or restricted airline tickets. Tour costs are based upon current airfares (if applicable), tariffs, currency values, and a minimum number of participants. Please ask about the status of the trip prior to making your travel arrangements or reservations. Terms and conditions will be sent as part of your registration package; this information is also available online at www.crowcanyon.org. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, and information will be sent to you as a service. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California – CST 2059347-50.

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