Excavate History (Grade 4)

​​​​Excavate History focuses on early California history including native Ohlone people and the Spanish colonial era. This program demonstrates how archaeology can help us discover more about the people who once lived here. Through a series of hands-on activities, students investigate how Ohlone and Spanish colonists changed the natural and cultural landscape of the area. In small groups, students rotate through three stations:

  1. Making Adobe Bricks – Students learn how Spanish colonists built their homes.
  2. Interpret El Presidio – Students examine an historic map, analyze archaeological assemblages found in the Presidio, and make interpretations about the past.
  3. Presidio Archaeology Lab Tour – Students get a sneak peek inside a real working archaeology lab and examine Spanish and Ohlone artifacts uncovered at the Presidio.​