Archaeology for Kids at HCPL

Archaeology is the study of humans (modern, historic, and prehistoric) using material objects. This means that they locate and examine things that humans have created, changed, or used.

If you’d like to learn more about archaeology, Harris County Public Library has you covered!

On April 1, High Meadows Branch Library will host Ancient Encounters: Rome. On June 10, Galena Park Branch Library will host Ancient Encounters: Egypt. Both programs will be from 1pm-3pm and are brought to Harris County Public Library thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society.

These programs are for children ages 6-10 and will focus on what it was like to be a child in Ancient Rome or Egypt. There will be plenty of fun activities, including excavating artifacts and creating your own unique piece of historically-inspired art that you can take home!

If you'd like to find some books for children on archaeology, National Geographic has several that are available through Harris County Public Library. To learn more about the subjects of our Ancient Encounters programs, check out this book on Ancient Rome and this one about Ancient Egypt. We also have books on numerous other cultures, such as Ancient China and the Incas.

Want some fun, true tales of surprise findings? Look no further than Accidental Archaeologists: True Stories of Unexpected Discoveries.

The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle is a picture book about the discoveries of archaeologist Dr. George Reisner who worked in Egypt and had some amazing finds!

For those interested in becoming an archaeologist themselves someday, the book So You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead has information on archaeology and other interesting careers, including forensic science and paleontology.

Finally, here are some other cool resources to check out!

Amazing Treasures


Archaeology for Kids

Archaeologists in Action

What Is An Archaeologist?