Arizona Science Center: Cookie Excavation

Introduce kids to archaeology by excavating the chocolate chips or candies out of a cookie.

Begin with a discussion on the importance of excavation and how archaeologists have to be very cautious and delicate while removing artifacts from the ground. Archaeologists have to be very careful not to damage artifacts they cannot see under the surface. Kids can try out different “tools” (toothpick, mini-spoons) and discuss how important it is to match the right tool for the job. For older kids: An extension can be sketching the cookie on graph paper and documenting where the chocolate/candy “artifacts” were located.

Archaeology, Food Science, Paleontology

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