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Archaeology - Be a Curator!

Be a Museum Curator!

Look at what we found in that old trunk!

Archaeology: What story might this arrowhead tell?You have been asked to assist the curator at the History Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in developing an exhibit about a very unusual man named Jay G. Sigmund. He grew up near Waubeek, Iowa, which is close to Cedar Rapids. He was unique because of the many interests and abilities he cultivated throughout his life. He was a life-long learner.

Step 1 - Explore the life of Jay G. Sigmund

To begin, read the biographical information about Jay Sigmund.

Step 2 - Thinking questions

Here are a few thinking questions to help you get a picture of the important events in Jay Sigmund's life.

  • Where was Jay Sigmund born?
  • What did Jay Sigmund enjoy doing as a child?
  • Why do you think he enjoyed those activities?
  • What did Jay Sigmund enjoy doing as an adult?
  • Why do you think he enjoyed those activities as an adult?
  • What were some of Jay Sigmund's talents?
  • Who were some of his friends?
  • How did he influence his friends?
  • How has he been remembered?

Add two or three more questions to the list, and review the Documents to find the answers to your questions.

Step 3 - Developing your interests

After you have read the biographical information and reviewed the documents about Jay Sigmund and have answered the questions about his life, you will be ready to take the next step.

What are your interests and abilities?

Make a chart like the one below and complete each section:







Share your thoughts with your classmates.

Step 4 - Got a hobby?

Do you have a hobby? Is there something you enjoy doing just because it's fun?

One of Jay Sigmund's hobbies was studying archeology and digging for arrowheads along the Wapsipinicon River in Linn County. Even as an adult, he loved going out with his friends to explore the natural world around him.

What's in the natural world around you?

To begin answering that question, read about the Archeology of Iowa.

Step 5 - Just under your feet

You and your friends can take a great adventure and investigate the archeological history of your county.

Some research questions to think about as you get started on your search include:

  • What are the unique archeological characteristics found in my county?
  • Where will I look for archeological information?
  • Who can I contact to find out more about my county's archeological history?
  • What county sites should I go to visit and explore?

Explore the excellent resources in the Media Center as you begin your search.

Step 6 - Share your findings

When you have completed the archeological investigation of your county, develop a display for your classroom that highlights the most important archeological characteristics.

Include pictures of artifacts you find, maps, and narrative descriptions of each item in your display.


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