Excavate History uses archaeology to look at the arrival of the Spanish colonists to San Francisco and the interactions between them and the Ohlone people. Through a series of hands-on activities, students investigate how the Ohlone people and Spanish colonists changed the natural and cultural landscape of the area. In small groups, students rotate through three stations:
- Making Adobe Bricks – Students learn how Spanish colonists built their houses.
- Interpret El Presidio – Students examine an historic map and analyze archaeological assemblages found in the Presidio to make interpretations about the past.
- Presidio Archaeology Lab Tour –Students get a sneak peek inside a working archaeology lab and get to examine real Spanish and Ohlone artifacts uncovered at the Presidio.