A discovery trunk featuring artifacts highlighting Wyoming archaeology has been completed by the Wyoming State Museum and is available to public, private, and home-school teachers in Wyoming.
Created by staff at the museum and the State Historic Preservation Office, the trunk features more than 30 reproduction artifacts including a variety of stone points and tools found at various archaeological sites, dig kit items, tree round samples, books, a video, and a comprehensive teacher’s guide.
Topics covered in the trunk include: the job of an archaeologist, prehistoric vs. historic sites, early archaeologists and important world finds, conducting research, excavation and post-excavation, basic categorizing of archaeological evidence, basic artifact analysis methods, and major Wyoming finds.
The trunk is designed for sixth grade students; however, teachers can easily adapt the information to suit a variety of age levels.
Wyoming State Museum Discovery Trunks are designed to complement the teaching of Wyoming history and history of the American West. Hands-on experience with historical objects creates a unique and challenging learning environment that enhances traditional classroom instruction.
Currently, the museum has trunks available specific to the following topics: Plains Indians, Mountain Men, the Frontier Army, Wyoming Trails, and Wyoming Archaeology.
There is no fee to borrow a State Museum Discovery Trunk. The museum pays for transportation of the trunk to your institution. However, the cost of returning the trunk to the museum is the responsibility of the borrower. To reserve a trunk, please contact the Wyoming State Museum at 307-777-6670.