I'm a homeschool mom and I'm thinking about teaching archaeology to elementary aged children at our local co-op. Not sure where I stand on the young earth/old earth debate and not sure I have time to get up to speed on that. I would like a curriculum which has a Christian orientation, similar to the Apologia series. Can you make any recommendations? I know from your site that you do not subscribe to the young earth view, but could you include recommendations from that perspective as well as the old earth view?Yet another great question. I love answering your questions! But I digress...
Nicole, the good news here is that the age of the earth debate among Christians doesn't really affect the discipline of archaeology that much. Archaeology is the study of human civilization. Based on a sizable body of data that is pretty much agreed upon by all scholars, humans didn't start living in civilizations until approximately 12,000 to 10,000 B.C. Prior to that, humans were living in hunter-gatherer cultures, and this research largely falls under the umbrella of paleontology.
Now for the not-so-good news. To my knowledge, there is no kids archaeology curriculum written from a Christian standpoint. However, here are some resources that might help you formulate your own.
- Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities
- Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids
- The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon (available to watch online for free)
- Digging for Truth: Archaelogy and the Bible
- Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations
- The Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals About the Truth of the Bible