Archaeology Adventures

July 18, 2018
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Early Alabama History

Three young kids venture outside their 2-D animated world to learn about early Alabama history for their upcoming school report. Aided by their hyper-intelligent robotic friend Roto and a magical portal, they visit some of Alabama’s historic sites to learn about Native American societies, early settlers, and the beginning of Alabama’s statehood. With the help of local archaeologists and historians they just might make it back home in time to get to school and turn in their report!

Video Descriptions

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The Assignment

Dawn and Quin learn that they have to write a report on early Alabama history over the weekend. They then find out that Clarence and Roto may be able to help them.


After jumping through the portal into this world, the kids go on an adventure to learn more about Moundville, one of the largest Native American towns ever built.

Old Mobile

The kids continue their adventure in Old Mobile, a settlement for French colonists in the early 1700s. They view artifacts from these early settlers at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum.

Tribal Archives of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

The kids head to the Tribal Archives of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to view artifacts and records that show them more about the Creek Indians and their importance in Alabama.

Old Cahawba

The last stop in this adventure is Old Cahawba, where the kids look at archaeological artifacts left by the residents of Alabama’s first state capital.

The Conclusion

The kids discuss how much they learned on their adventure and their new-found excitement for Alabama history.

55 minutes



  • Kathy Heiman

    Education Specialist, Alabama Public Television

  • Sarah Stroud

    Sarah Stroud has been an educator for the last 16 years. She is currently a kindergarten teacher at Northport Elementary School, part of the Tuscaloosa County School System. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, a Masters in Elementary Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. Sarah has presented locally, statewide, and nationally on a variety of topics. She is currently one of the Bicentennial Master Teachers for the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, where she has developed professional development institutes for 3rd-5th grade teachers. Since becoming involved in the education field, Sarah has been recognized on several occasions. Most recently, she was the Featured Teacher on WVUA 23 in 2016. In 2015, she was a finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year, and she was awarded the Teacher of the Year for her District. In 2009, She was nominated by a former student for Outstanding Teacher in the "Tribute to Teacher" Program. In 2002, she was presented with the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Elementary Education for Community Service by The University of Alabama. For Sarah, teaching is an opportunity to reflect on society's present situations and invest in the future. She believes students are the driving force behind change. In order for students to succeed and guide this society, teachers need to teach social responsibility, to teach community, and to empower students to take charge of their learning.

  • Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees

    Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees is the Director/Tribal Archivist for the Office of Archives and Records Management at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. She served as the Museum/Cultural Director overseeing the tribal Museum called Kerretv Cuko (Building of Learning) which showcases a treasure trove of evidentiary artifacts on Creek history from pre-European contact to present day. Dr. Dees obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Alabama and her Master of Science degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She earned her doctorate degree at Harvard, writing her dissertation on the Muscogee Education Movement which documents the turbulent sociopolitical journey that Creeks traveled in the Southeast to achieve equal access to public education in the 1920s to the 1940s. Dr. Dees teaches in the Native American Studies Program at the University of South Alabama which was initiated by the sponsorship of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in 2014. You may contact Dr. Dees at or 251-446-4940. Mvto.

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