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to the coming of European Americans, the Mandan, Hidatsa,
and Arikara tribes of the Middle Missouri River resided
in sedentary earth-lodge communities. Despite a basic
similarity of economic and social life, these peoples
differed remarkably in language and customs; the Mandan
and Hidatsa speak a Siouan dialect, while the Arikara,
/phprelated to the Pawnee, are members of the Caddoan linguistic
group. One of the most important historic sites of the
Northern Plains was Like-a-Fishhook Village, which was
occupied simultaneously by all three tribes, known today
officially as the Three Affiliated Tribes.
Virtual Archaeologist Project
project, Virtual Archaeologist, is an immersive three-dimensional
(3D) educational environment that will simulate the
real-world conditions of an archaeology excavation.
This type of environment will immerse introductory archaeology
students in the role of an archaeologist forcing them
to evaluate scientific problems as an archaeologist
would. In essence we are asking our students to "think"
like archaeologists, and do so through a learn-by-doing
theory of education. The
aim is to create an active and educational space where
visitors are engaged in goal-based tasks that promote
exploration and problem-solving: the usual thrust. In
other words, this is NOT a museum peice where people
come to wander around and passively look at things.
Visitors will be engaged in geology, botany, and archeology
of the excavation site.
first version is text-based,
with migration to a 3D, game-like interface to be introduced
during the fall of 2005.
2003-2004, © NDSU Archaeology Technologies Laboratory