Can You Dig It?
PreK-1st Grade Resources
Can You Dig It? gives viewers of all ages a look at the site where the first formal archaeological expedition in the state of Texas took place. It’s the area of land near Perryton, Texas known as The Buried City. Now, under the direction of Dr. Scott Browsowske (pronounced Bro- sow- ski), of Courson Archaeological Research, the site is home to an Indian Garden and an Archaeological field school. The program shows the garden from its planting to its harvest as well as the thriving field school that offers hands on training for students. Can You Dig It?: Exploring and Growing at the Buried City offers a real world model of the importance of preserving the past in order to know more about the future.
• Identify key vocabulary words;
• identify some of the motivations for the creation of the Wolf Creek Indian Garden, Watcher Stages, and dwellings ;
• understand the steps involved in creating an Indian Garden and the Flotation method;
• understand how land suitable for growing was determined;
• enhance understanding and draw conclusions from the study of ancient seeds;
• learn how the Buried City came to be;
• understand the difference between a garden and the grocery store
1. Create and grow your own Indian Garden using the methods discussed in Can You Dig It? Exploring and Growing at the Buried City.
2. Compare/Contract an archaeologist/detective as mentioned in the program.
3. Create your own floatation device based on the program.
4. Build your own Watcher Stage based on the guidelines used by the Hidatsa Indian in the book Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden by Gilbert Wilson
5. Using math skills create a footprint of the dwelling discovered at the Buried City.
6. Using math and science skills create your own excavation of “fossils and/or materials”.
Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden by Gilbert Wilson
Native American Gardening- Stories Projects and Recipes for Families by Michael Caduto and Joeseph Bruchac
The Sunflower Garden by Janice May Udry
Waheenee by Gilbert Wilson
Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke
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