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Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
In "Sound Communication," students learn how the International Phonetic Alphabet is used to communicate the sounds of words in different languages. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Boldest Hoax, The
In "The Great Piltdown Forgery," students learn about the Piltdown hoax and who may have been involved. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cracking the Maya Code
In "Calendar Count" students investigate how scientists began to understand the meaning of Maya glyphs and determine their own birth date using the Maya Long Count calendar system. Grades 6-8, 9-12

Great Inca Rebellion, The
In ""The Tale Bones Tell," students analyze actual data from two prehistoric communities--a hunting community and an agricultural community--to infer the impacts of diet on health. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Ice Mummies -- Frozen in Heaven
In "I Can Dig It!," students analyze and interpret information in order to locate an actual archaeological site. Grades 6-8.

In Search of Human Origins, Part I
In "Locating the Evidence," students plot and analyze locations of important African finds in the search for early human remains. Grades 6-8.

In Search of Human Origins, Part III
In "Back to the Present," students provide anthropologists of the future with clues about a 21st century classroom. Grades 6-8.

In Search of the First Language
In "Getting the Word Out," students match sources and definitions to a set of words and consider their origins. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Journey to the Sacred Sea
In "Legends of Baikal," students review and discuss belief systems implicit in the legends of Lake Baikal. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Little Creatures Who Run the World
In "Crowd Watching," students observe how people in a crowd behave. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Mummy Who Would Be King, The
In "Matters of Mummification," students use descriptive clues to determine the culture and method of mummification of various mummies. Grades 6-8.

Neanderthals on Trial
In "What Is This?," students interpret an artifact found at a Neanderthal cave site in Slovenia. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Pocahontas Revealed
In "Examining an American Myth," students rewrite the story of Pocahontas based on archeological and historical evidence. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Search for the Lost Cave People
In "Material Possessions," students examine primary source documents to draw inferences about 17th century American colonists. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Sultan's Lost Treasure
In "Where, When, and Who?," students interpret four different sets of artifacts to determine the country, time period, and person associated with each. Grades 6-8.

The Bible's Buried Secrets
In "Deciphering the Past," explore how linguistic analysis can be used to help identify sources of a text as well as relative time periods in which the text was written. Grades 9-12.

Treasures of the Sunken City
In "Tabletop Map," students create a tabletop grid, position and catalog objects within it, and then interpret each other's sites. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Tribe that Time Forgot, The
In "Hidden Cultures," students place a culture somewhere in the world where it would be difficult to find. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Wanted -- Butch and Sundance
In "Identifying the Skeletons," students analyze bone specimen illustrations and correlate the person to whom they may have belonged. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Warriors of the Amazon
In "Community Values," students explore life-cycle events of the Amazonian Yanomami people and compare those events to ones that students themselves experience. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

World in the Balance
In "Double Up," calculate how long it takes a countryís population to double in size and investigate factors affecting growth rate. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

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