Teen Archaeology Program (2012-present)

Since 2012, I have been teaching a week-long archaeology program for teens and helping contribute to its social media presence. During that time I have developed several lesson plans and strategies for teaching archaeology to a variety of age groups. You can see some of the lessons I’ve developed on my Lesson Plans page; below are a few photos of the activities I’ve done at the program.

For more and better images, and information on the program, visit the program’s website and Facebook page!



Caught off-guard by the paparazzi at the site.


Checking screens.

Simulated Dig

Simulated excavation.

Bagging & Tagging

Teaching students how to bag and tag artifacts, and fill out their paperwork.

Classification Exercise

Exercise on artifact classification.

Pottery Reconstruction

Reconstructing systematically broken pottery to learn about taphonomy and sampling.

Atlatl Throwing & Experiment

 Throwing the atlatl during the experimental archaeology project.

Publications by organizers of the Community Archaeology Program:

  • Versaggi, Nina  2008  Partners in Preservation: The Binghamton University Community Archaeology Program. In Past Meets Present, edited by John H. Jameson, Jr. and Sherene Baugher, pp. 203-216. Springer, New York.

Publications that have discussed the Community Archaeology Program:

  • Dickinson, Rachel 2005 Confronting a Conundrum: Can Technological Advances Help Archaeologists Solve a 40-year old Mystery? American Archaeology 9(3):31-35.
  • Smardz Frost, Karolyn E 2004 “Archaeology and Public Education in North America: View from the beginning of the milennium.” In Public Archaeology, edited by Nick Merriman, pp. 59-84. Routledge, London.
  • Simpson, Faye 2008 Community Archaeology Under Scrutiny. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 10(1):3-16.
  • Baugher, Sherene 2013 Confirming Relevance: How American and Canadian Archaeologists are Training Youth and Adults in Archaeology, Heritage Studies, and Community Partnerships. In Training and Practice for Modern Day Archaeologists, One World Archaeology Vol. 1, pp. 105-124. Springer Science+Business Media, New York.


Please note that while I share these photos and my own lesson plans here, I will not answer questions about site locations, artifacts, and other information that ould compromise the preservation of the archaeological sites where we work. If you have questions about this program or archaeology in the southern tier of New York, read the publications I have listed above or contact the Public Archaeology Facility.