Archaeology is the study of how people lived in the past. It intersects with many scientific disciplines including: Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology, Geology, Geography, Indigenous Science, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Zoology. There are even connections to math and statistics! In BC most archaeology is conducted with First Nations’ communities, as their cultural heritage comprise the majority of the archaeological record. As a result, archaeology connects with local and Indigenous subject matter and can provide an entry point for considering concepts of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. In this workshop, archaeologist Nicole Smith provides an overview of ways to explore archaeology with your learners and how to make links with the science curriculum using archaeological examples and online resources from B.C.
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Nicole Smith is an archaeologist based in Victoria, B.C. She has been involved in research on the B.C. coast since 2000, collaborating most closely with First Nations communities, the Hakai Institute, Parks Canada, and university colleagues. She has taught anthropology and archaeology courses at UVic, Camosun College and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and she enjoys working with educators to bring archaeology into elementary and high school classrooms. Her research interests include clam gardens, fish traps, household archaeology, stone tool analysis, managing cultural heritage amidst climate change, and seeking out evidence for people living on the coast over 10,000 years ago. She has appeared in productions for the BBC, CBC, and Quirks and Quarks about her team's work on clam gardens.