I used this lesson to help my students understand how we learn about Ancient Civilizations.
After learning about how tools, weapons, food, houses, and lifestyle are affected by the geography of a civilization, I had students design their own ancient group of people.
We then painted clay pots and wrote a journal entry for our created civilization.
I then broke the pots(you could place them in a bag or actual dirt somewhere) and groups had to unearth different groups culture. They use clues from the art and journal to answer questions about their new discovery.
These worksheets will give your students all they need to create and discover an early civilization.