Excavate History (Grade 4)

​​​​Excavate History focuses on the Spanish colonial era and teaches students how archaeology can help us discover more about the people who once lived at El Presidio de San Francisco. Through a series of hands-on activities, students investigate how the arrival of the Spanish colonists changed both the natural and cultural landscape of San Francisco. In small groups, students rotate through three activities:

  1. Archaeology Lab Visit - Students will visit a real archaeological lab and learn about what archaeologists do.
  2. Interpret El Presidio - Students use primary sources to discover the original military fort and visit archaeological sites.
  3. Making Adobe Bricks - Students learn how to make adobe bricks and compare them to the adobe wall in the Mesa Room.