Texas Archeology

Here's an opportunity where you can experience firsthand what life was like for prehistoric Native Americans! At the Shumla School near Del Rio, you and your class can attend camp for a week and learn some new survival skills: use an atlatl to throw spears, create paint from local ingredients, taste food plants cooked in an earth oven, discover fiber arts using local plant fiber, and other examples of the technologies used by Native Americans to survive in this arid environment.

Would you like to learn to throw a spear using the atlatl? How about take part in a mock dig? See and touch real artifacts while visiting an actual archaeology lab? The Legacy program at the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research in San Antonio offers summer camps, field schools, Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge programs, school field trips and other fun activities throughout the year!

The Texas Archeology Society's Kids' Pages - full of great pictures and stories about digs and interesting facts about Texas history.

Dig Magazine has created a really cool, colorful, fun archeology website. They include an archeology link for each state, and here's the link for Texas.

This is a great little booklet on Texas Indians by Texas Parks and Wildlife site! Boy, are they good! Download coloring pages, make a woven mat and learn about the journeys of the first Americans! [Be patient, it takes a while to open this.]

This creative site is made especially for kids. Your teachers can learn a lot from it too, so be sure to pass it on. The web site creator has a great sense of humor - he makes a lot of jokes and guess what, he's teaching you about Texas history at the same time!

www.texasarcheology.com/tass/archdemo.htm - see what happens at field school. This is a brand new site brought to you by the fabulous folks who created the www.texasindians.com site. It's still under construction, but you can check out the first pages. At www.texasarcheology.com/tass/lab.htm you can explore an archeology lab

The LCRA Nightengale Archaeological Center (outside Austin) offers tours to hundreds of visiting students each year. Maybe you can help arrange a field trip to this fascinating site! Click on the "Photos and Drawings" links to seem some examples of stone tools found during excavations.

The Institute of Texas Cultures is a great place to start learning about Texas history. Visit them online or at the Institute in San Antonio. Their website offers some great activities for kids, including joining the "Mystery of the Disappearing Indians of Texas." Just click on the "Education" link…

Welcome to "The Story of Texas" at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (in Austin). Take a digital peek inside this new museum to help plan your visit. It's not as good as being there, but it's a nice way to visit from where ever you are!

Do you love history? Here's a website that will help you link up with others who share your passion and can help you start a History Club in your own school!

Rock Art

The Rock Art Foundation wants to educate us about some of the most valuable rock art in the world - and it's right here in Texas! They also want to protect the rock art from being damaged or lost to the world forever. Visit their "Gallery" link to see the painting of a nine-foot long mountain lion and almost 50 other paintings!

The famous rock art found in the French caves of Lascaux was discovered in 1940, but could be 17,000 years old. The caves were closed to the public in 1963 after archeologists found that human breath was ruining the rock art. You can visit them today, virtually anyway, through their site. Be sure to see the "Shaft of the Dead Man" and check out how your pointer becomes a flashlight in the caves!

If you live near El Paso, you're in luck. You're not far from the Hueco Tanks State Historical Park. Check their website to find out more about their tours and activities. Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, and earlier Indian groups camped at Hueco and left behind pictographs telling of their adventures.

Want to get away from the computer and see some rock art? Can't convince your parents to take you out to Seminole Canyon? How about visiting the Witte Museum in San Antonio? The fantasy Encounter at Panther Cave lets you spend the night in a rock shelter with an archeologist who finds the spirit of a Panther shaman. Click on the "Exhibits and Events" link to find out more!

Learn more about the rock art found along the Lower Pecos in Texas. The Texas Memorial Museum site tells us that the Indians used plant leaves for paint brushes and chewed the ends of them to get them soft. Want to make your own pictographs? This site tells you how! See the "Create Your Own Pictographs" link.

North American Archeology

This animated peek at a 200-year-old farmstead in West Virginia is a "moooo-ving" experience. It gets you as close to a historic dig as possible without getting in the dirt! Visit the "Discovery Zone" and follow the links through the excavation process. You'll survey the land, run the metal detector, screen for artifacts and more.

Take a virtual tour of the London Museum of Archaeology - no, it's not in England - it's in Canada! The virtual museum offers some interesting illustrations showing Native Americans hunting, fishing and making baskets over an 11,000 year history.

General Archeology

This site is connected to Dig Magazine - a kids' resource all about scientific excavations. You can ask an expert, play games, take a quiz and explore lots of cool archeology links. One of Dig's newest features is on ancient Egyptian animal mummies—the Dig site calls them "petrified pets"!

Sometimes, we tend to think of ancient people as having a simple way of life and, well, not being too smart. That couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, we have many people from the ancient past to thank for some of our best inventions. Check out this site to see several of them!

From marbles, to tiny tea sets, to harmonicas—this site shares toys from the past—mostly from the last 500 years (remember, that's called "historic archeology".) Anyone for dominoes?

Get ready to "travel" across time and space! The Archaeology Channel website features streaming video of archeological sites from around the world. You'll watch archeologists and students dig through layers of time, from ancient Greece to mounds in Kentucky!

World Archeology

You have traveled back in time to the year 1250 BC, ancient Egypt. Your mission is of the utmost importance! You must locate the burial mask of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Tutankhamen. Learn about ancient Egyptian daily life, mummies, hieroglyphics, Egyptian games, and archeology.

An international team of archeologists is working to excavate the ancient city of Çatalhöyük (from about 10,000 years ago) in Turkey—a country in the Middle East. Lucky for you, the Minnesota Museum of Science has put together a fantastic site that includes interactive comic books, an excavation game, a virtual tour and more. They even let you click on a dinner plate from thousands of years ago to figure out what they were eating! Ancient hamburgers, prehistoric pudding? Visit Çatalhöyük to find out!


Texas Beyond History
TBH WebTeam
2 May 2007