Is teaching archaeology really that important in your homeschool? Christian archaeologist and homeschool mom Amy Barr says yes, whether you’re teaching it to enhance history lessons or to give your students a taste of the career. We’ll hear more on today’s Home School Heartbeat.
We're visiting today with Christian archaeologist and homeschooling mom Amy Barr. Amy, what role can archaeology play in homeschooling?
Well, the reason that there are still movies being made today about world-traveling archaeologists following clues and answering riddles about the ancient past is because archaeology is a really, really interesting way of thinking about history. So, in your own home, don’t teach any period of history without investigating the archaeology of the topic. Whether this means looking at Roman pots or airplanes from World War II, it’s still all archaeology—and the coolest part about studying history.
What would you say to a high school student who is interested in a career in archaeology?
There’s a great need for archaeologists who come from a Christian perspective. Unfortunately, Christian colleges and seminaries have often been phasing out or downsizing these kinds of programs. So let them know you want to add these programs back in, so we can focus the interpretation of the evidence with a historical-Christianity point of view.
But to get started now, take Greek and Latin until you’re proficient in them, study history, and contact the college or university department that you’re interested in attending and ask them what they’d like to see on a transcript when someone applies for admission, and start working on them right now.
Thanks so much, Amy. I’ve really enjoyed talking to you and your husband about Christian archaeology. I’m Mike Farris.