BU African Artifact Map & Teaching Ideas

The Boston University African Studies Center K-16 Education Program Artifact online map currently offers a catalogue of over 80 artifacts which are located at the Boston University African Studies Center. Artifacts are from several regions of Africa, including West Africa, Eastern/Central Africa, and Southern Africa. Students in elementary and middle school grades are able to navigate through this interactive resource by clicking on any artifact on the map and find images, as well as a list of resources about the artifacts’ origins, background, and history. Teachers in the Boston area can check out these physical resources for use in their classrooms.

Teaching Ideas

For teaching ideas on how to use this map to increase knowledge of African cultural practices, read our article featured in the Humanities for All Blog.

Click on the map below to access the map and its artifacts

How do teachers use this resource?

Learn about how Margaret Smith, a 5th grade teacher at Capitol Region Education Council Discovery Academy, uses the Artifact Map to teach her students about Africa in an innovative and engaging way.