Piece together history across your curriculum, one artifact at a time!

Excavate! Greece period screen

Excavate! Mesopotamia period screen

Excavate! Egypt period screen

Excavate! Social Studies Game Series

Learn world history in a new way with Excavate!, a multi-game archaeology series based on the C3 skills of Inquiry and Evaluation of Evidence. Use archaeological thinking as you excavate and analyze artifacts from ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Rome, Egypt, Greece, Mesoamerica and the Byzantine Empire.

Built in consultation with social studies teachers, each section of the game begins with an overarching question to focus student inquiry as they dig, analyze, report and learn through object-based investigation. All games in the series include: highly detailed, authentic artifacts including special 3D artifacts that can be manipulated by the player; historically accurate, detailed scenes that bring the sites fully to life; extensive information about the ancient civilization; and supporting teacher materials.

Excavate! supports the new GBLxAPI learning data format. In this program, teachers are able to see reports on student progress agains C3 and ELA standards in an easy to understand format. Teachers can clearly see the work their students are doing. Providing flexibility for educators to match their own curriculum needs, the social studies game series is available as a bundle or each civilization may be purchased separately. Discover just how easy it can be to bring social studies game based learning into your classroom!

If you love our Excavate! digital collection, make sure you also check out our Excavate! Card Game to keep the learning going off-screen. Official decks for the Roman and Egyptian civilizations are now available for purchase!

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“The quality of information and the methodology behind the questions is stronger than any educational game I’ve ever played.” Director of Technology, MD

“I LOVED the analysis questions because it assisted the kids in seeing the “big” picture and mak[ing] connections.” 5th Grade Social Studies, OH

Get down and not-so-dirty with a multi-game archaeology game series, based on Inquiry and Evaluation of Evidence.

Archaeology 3d artifact from Excavate! Byzantine

Archaeology artifact from Excavate! Egypt

Archaeology artifact from Excavate! Mesoamerica social studies game

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Excavate! Rome

Excavate! Rome Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Distinguish the roles of men, women, children and slaves in ancient Roman society
Compare and contrast the lifestyles of upper, middle and lower-class Romans
Explain the significance of public baths in Roman life
Gain a new perspective on the Colosseum and understand how its structure reflected Roman society
Describe the lifestyle and role of gladiators in Roman society
List methods of medical care used to treat gladiators
Explain architectural innovations that were used to build private homes, tenement apartments, public baths and the Colosseum
Describe the diet and cooking methods of ancient Romans

Excavate! Egypt

Excavate! Egypt Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Explore the significance of mummification in the Valley of the Kings
Gain a new perspective on the temple at Karnak
Distinguish the roles of men, women, and children in ancient Egypt
Piece together daily life of the Pyramid workers in Giza
Describe the lifestyle and role of scribes and students at the library in Alexandria
Explain the rule and symbols of the Pharaohs

Excavate! Greece

Excavate! Greece Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Explore the significance of Apollo’s Temple in Delphi
Gain a new perspective on the Olympic Games
Distinguish the roles of women and men in ancient Greek society
Compare and contrast the lifestyles of Athens and Sparta
Piece together daily life
Describe the lifestyle and role of gods and goddesses in Roman society
Explain architectural innovations that were used to build temples and stadiums

Period piece from Excavate! Mesoamerica social studie game

Excavate! Mesoamerica Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Explore the significance of jade and obsidian for the Maya
Gain a new perspective on Aztec engineering accomplishments
Describe the role of gods in Incan society
Distinguish the roles of women and men in Mesoamerican societies
Compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Maya, Aztec and Inca
Piece together daily life
Explain architectural innovations that were used to build temples and palaces

History scene from Excavate! Mesopotamia social studies game

Excavate! Mesopotamia Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Explore the significance of Sumerian art
Gain a new perspective on the role of the military in ancient Assyria
Describe the role of gods in Babylonian society
Distinguish the roles of women and men in Mesopotamian societies
Compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Babylonians, Assyrians and Sumerians
Piece together daily life
Explain architectural innovations that were used to build temples and palaces

History scene from social studies game Excavate! Byzantine

Excavate! Byzantine Game

Featured Learning Goals:

Discover important icons at the Hagia Sophia
Discuss what kind of military was most important for Constantinople
Find out what role women played in the household
Explain the role that trade played in the wealth of the Byzantine Empire
Piece together daily life
Examine the symbols of the King and Queen
Explain the symbolism and procedure of an ancient military and religion

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Excavate! MesoAmerica bundle

Interested in games that teach the Mayan, Aztec and Incan cultures? This bundle includes a base 20 math game explaining the amazing number systems of the Mayas and Excavate! MesoAmerica. Both games are fun for exploring the cultures of Latin and South America.

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Learn history in a new way with Excavate! Classics, an immersive social studies collection of games for middle school students! Apply C3 skills of Inquiry and Evaluation of Evidence to aspects of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian daily life not covered in textbooks.

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Get all the Excavate! educational apps together in one bundle

World history teachers, parents, & students can now enjoy our Excavate! world history game series through the ages in one convenient six game bundle. Have fun finding artifacts and uncovering educational knowledge from all six Excavate! world history civilizations!

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