Science Fair Projects - Archaeology Anthropology

 and Other Research Topics

Home - Many more archaeological and anthropological resources, plus social studies and more

While the main thrust of this page is supposed to about science project ideas dealing with archaeology and anthropology, you will also find science project pages dealing with general information on 'how to' and 'presentation' as well as some where anthropology or archaeological projects are part of a larger list of ideas.

You will also find that sites dealing with archaeological and anthropological topics for science fairs are few and far between (it is just a fact of life).

So you will in addition, find a number of science fair resources which have nothing to do with those two subjects but still have a lot of information you can use regardless of what your project is about.  Archaeology and anthropology included.

In addition, you may be surprised to find just how many projects there are in other scientific disciplines which can be modified into anthropology projects.  For example, studies of rainfall pattern which falls under the topic heading of meteorology could easily be modified into a cultural/social anthropology project dealing with food production and nutrition.  The clues are everywhere.

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All About Science Fairs __ Tips for parents of a science fair bound student.  "Perhaps the single most terrifying thing for parents is not understanding what their child is actually expected to do, nor what a realistic time frame is for doing it. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you can help your child step into a scientist's shoes and march confidently off to the science fair. Here are some tips and projects ideas for kids in different age groups." Scroll down the page a bit to find it.- From -,1120,24-3562,00.html  

Countdown to the Science Fair __ "Print and use this form to keep your science fair project on schedule." - From -,1474,24-3585,00.html 

IPL Kidspace: Science Fair Project Resource Guide __ "The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment."  Not much more to say, is there? - From -

Janice VanCleave's Science Fair Handbook __ "So you're going to do a science fair project. Great! Your work could be chosen as an entry in your school fair and even in regional, state, or national competitions. As a participant in any science fair, you'll get to show off your work and possibly receive achievement awards. But most important, you'll also learn a lot about science by observing and sharing with other science fair participants."  You will find a lot of information and step by step guides for various aspects of your project. - From -


Sample Science Fair Judging Sheet __ Get some idea of what the judges will be looking for. - From - 

Science Fair Central offers ideas for science fair projects and experiments __ A great guide for creating your science fair projects.  You will find resources, ideas, step by step instructions, and much more. - From - 

Science fair project ideas for middle and high school students - Dig the first people in Ireland __ "The earliest archaeological site in Ireland that we know about is called Mount Sandel, near the River Bann in County Derry. It is a Mesolithic site, and a small group of people lived in a circle of huts about 7000 BC... Make a model of a Mesolithic village. What were the houses like?  - When was the Mesolithic? What was the society like? How did people survive in the winters? What did they eat? - Make a timeline of Irish history and prehistory." - - From


Science fair project ideas for middle and high school students - Rock Art __ "Some of the oldest forms of art in the world were painted or carved into rock walls--some are 30,000 years old and more. The most famous of these are in Europe, such as Lascaux and Chauvet Caves in France, but they are found world-wide, from the American continents to Australia...What kinds of stories are told in rock art? Make a rock art mural, telling your own story.  How do scientists tell how old rock art is? Make a chart comparing the techniques.  What's the difference between a petroglyph and a pictograph?  What kinds of animals are shown on the walls of the Lascaux Cave? What methods were used to draw them? How were the images on the walls of Koonalda Cave drawn?" - - From

Science fair project ideas for middle and high school students - This Old Schoolhouse __ "Every archaeologist needs to have really sharp visual skills. Here's one way to practice those skills without every leaving home (or school)...Find an older building--doesn't have to be terribly old, 75 years or more would be fine. If it is old enough, the house you live in or the school you attend works perfectly. Look at the building closely and try to see if you can tell what might have happened to it. Try to figure out what the history of the building was, and use this information to build a display of your school or house...Start indoors. Can you tell if a room or a window sill was painted a different color once? Is there a crack in the wall? Is there a stain on the ceiling? Is there a staircase that goes nowhere or a doorway that's permanently shut?  Now go look at the building from the outside. Are there exterior paint scars from old renovations?  How about different colored bricks or other wall decorations? Are there any bricked-up windows or doors?  Next, check around the yard. Are there any discolorations on the ground, any partially built walls or other areas that might be from an earlier building?  Find the oldest person you know who might know the building. Ask them if they remember the building undergoing any changes.  Finally, go to the library or historical society and ask to see historic plat maps of the town or countryside where you live. Look to see if you can find your house or school on the map." - - From


Science fair project ideas for middle and high school students - Travel the Silk Road __ "One of the oldest trade routes is the Silk Road, a 4000 mile-long caravan track between China and Rome, Italy. As far as we can tell, the route was first used in the 2nd century BC, and continued to be a main thoroughfare for moving trade goods and ideas all the way up through the 15th century AD. The Silk Road had many dangers, just one of which was the Taklamakan Desert, a great sand desert in China. Taklamakan means "go in and you will not come out," in the Turki dialect...Why was it called the Silk Road? What other goods were traded along the way, and how do we know that?   Make a map of the Silk Road. What countries and towns were on the road? What kind of transportation did the travelers use?  What were the societies of China and Rome like in the 2nd century BC? Why do you think the road was built?  What other things were dangerous about traveling the Silk Road? What famous adventurers traveled the road?" - - From

Science fair projects 12.22 __ A good overall website about how to plan a science project from scratch to presentation.  Whether your project is anthropology or biology, you will find helpful material. - From GEM -

Science Fairs/Projects, Homework Resources, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Resource Guide __ A good overall resource for science fair information including anthropology and archaeology projects.  You will find information about science fair series and competitions by city, region, nation. - From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -


The Ultimate Science Fair Resource - Ideas, Information, Help, Links and Projects __ Everything from planning and doing to how to find project ideas. - From Society for Amateur Scientists -

What Makes a Good Science Fair Project? __ A guide to creating good science fair projects written by Anita Gale with assistance from the California State Science Fair Judging Policy Advisory Committee. - From University of Southern California - 

What Works: Science Fair Project Ideas __ An extended list of subjects for science fair projects plus one very annoying 'pop-up.' - From -,3002,1-12297,00.html 


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