Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Unlocking Hidden Worlds through Archaeology and Archives with Molly Kamph

A Webcast Recorded March 14, 2019

Archived Webcast 

The March 14 webcasts with Smithsonian Project Archivist and Archaeological Collections Technician Molly Kamph have ended. Watch a recording in the player above or using the link below, and then take the webcast survey and tell us how we did!


Come explore the NMNH Department of Anthropology's collections and the National Anthropological Archives with Project Archivist and Archaeological Collections Technician Molly Kamph. Molly will introduce students to the collection of the famed archaeologist couple Rose and Ralph Solecki, whose Neanderthal discoveries and contributions to archaeology continue to be studied by scientists all over the world. Sharing unique objects and artifacts from archaeological dig sites (such as Shanidar Cave) where Neanderthal and early human settlements were discovered, Molly will help students understand how museum and archival work unlocks hidden worlds and untold stories.

The webcast supports standards of learning in science and social studies. See the complete list of standards alignment.

Teaching Resources

Use these resources to support pre/post activities:

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

3rd Grade

  • 3-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data from fossil to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

4th Grade

  • 4-ESS1-1: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

6-8th Grade

Life Science

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • MS-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.

Earth Science

MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

  • MS-ESS1-4: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geological time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.
  • During their studies, learners develop an understanding of spatial perspectives, and examine changes in the relationship between peoples, places and environments.
Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Social Studies
Social Studies