Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory University of West Georgia

Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory

Educational Outreach Program

Comments about the Program

"We LOVE the trunks!  I am taking photos daily of our activities and look forward to sharing them with you!  Yes, I would like to check them out for two more weeks.  Thank you so much!"

"Love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful resources! I look forward to sharing this experience with my students and the other Target teachers in my area. The kit looks great ... Thank you for your flexibility."

Introduction to the Program

The Waring Laboratory has an active Educational Outreach Program, made possible with a grant from the Student Assisted Research Program (SRAP), and created by Anthropology Undergraduates at the University of West Georgia. The Educational Outreach Program is currently available for Teachers and Educators of elementary school to college-level students in public, private, and home schools, as well as civic education programs such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, within traveling distance to the Waring Laboratory and includes: We encourage you to invite archaeology into your classroom! 

  • Two Archaeological Teaching Trunks
  • A Guided Tour of the Laboratory
  • An On-Site Mock Excavation Pit

Teaching Trunks

Teaching TrunkTwo traveling Teaching Trunks, using STEM concepts, are available to teach Science and Social Studies using basic archaeological concepts with fun hands-on activities correlating with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).  Each trunk contains real and replica artifacts, an educator's guide, a student handbook, vocabulary, an assessment worksheet, a jacket and a hat to play the part of an archaeologist, and a visual aide. Cost is $15 for each 2-week period. The Trunks cannot be shipped at this time.

The What is Archaeology? is ideal for grades 3-6. to develop a basic undersanding of archaeology and how archaeologists uncover the diverse cultures of our past. Although the trunk is intended for social studies and science in grades 3rd- 6th, it can be easily modified to meet the needs for older classes in other subject areas.  It is not necessary to know anything about archaeology when working with the activities.  The lessons are taught with a narrative (script) through the ‘trained’ eyes an archaeologist, "Dr. Trowel" in three units:

  • Unit 1 (What is Archaeology?) – Learn the tools of the trade, how to identify what is an artifact, and be able to divide artifacts into historic and prehistoric periods. 
  • Unit 2 (What is Culture?) - Introduces culture concepts how archaeologists draw conclusions about people based on artifacts.
  • Unit 3 (Preservation and Conservation) - Teaches students the important role archaeology plays in preserving information about the past for the future.  Students will learn vocabulary associated with looting, explore their values about conservation issues, be introduced to current archaeological laws and how they can participate in the protection of archaeological sites and artifacts.  

Teaching Trunk ContentsJourney through Georgia's Archaeological Timeline is ideal for grades 5-8. Explore important cultural time periods in Georgia's rich hisotry through hands-on activities with artifcts dating from native American prehistory, through the Revolutionary and Civil War, up to the modern day.

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

A free thirty-minute tour of the Waring Laboratory includes an introduction to different types of archeaology, opportunities to view and handle select artifacts from the collection, explanation of details about curation and safety regulations, and archaeological games. Tours can be tailored to meet specific educational needs or interests. The tour is appropriate for all ages. Advanced reservation requied with a 50-person limit.

On-Site Mock Excavation

A 1 1/2-hour mock excavation adventure offers hands-on exploration experience for budding and amateur archaeologists. Excavators receive and introduction to archaeological field work concepts, including layout of a grid, record keeping, documentation, and conservation of archaeological sites in addition to the fun of excavating a prepared site. It is recommended that a teaching trunk be checked out before the mock excavation so the students can learn basic archaeology concepts. For grades 3 and up with advance registration. $5 per digger (teachers and drivers are free). 15-digger limit.

How to Participate in the Education Program

Submit the on-line Reservation Form. Each component of the Educational Outreach Program must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and is available on a first come, first-served basis.  The Traveling Teaching Trunks may be renewed for an additional 2-week period, depending on availability, and must be picked up and returned to the Waring Laboratory during normal operating hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM. The Traveling Teaching Trunk cannot be shipped at this time. Participation in the Guided Tour and On-site Mock Excavation may be completed on the same day or individually, and only during normal operating hours.


The Traveling Teaching Trunks are available for $15 each two-week period. All late returns without advanced arrangements will be charged $15. The Educator is responsible for photocopying any additional copies of student handouts and assessment worksheets for the Educational Outreach Program. The borrower accepts full financial responsibility for all lan materials while they are checked-out in their name.  The Waring Laboratory determines all damages and replacement costs.  The On-Site Mock Excavation cost is $5 per digger; educators and bus drivers are free.  The Guided Tour is free.


Telephone: (678)-839-6303; Fax: (678)-839-6306
Mail: Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory Education Outreach Program, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118
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