Nā Koehana: Artifacts of the Past and Present

In the absence of written materials (such as recorded histories or nautical charts), archaeologists and navigators alike must make important decisions based on conclusions drawn from observations. Students will evaluate their own classrooms and homes and decide which items may last hundreds of years and which items may be lost. They will also identify artifacts from within a contemporary setting, describe the function of each artifact, and interpret possible associations between contemporary “artifacts.” As a result of these lessons, students will understand the processes involved in drawing conclusions and making informed decisions based on systematic observations, and will understand the contributions that careful observation makes to human knowledge.

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