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Children's Nonfiction Water (oceans, Lakes, Etc.)

Dig Deep

Connecting Archaeology, Oceans and Us

by (author) Nicole F. Smith

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Fossils, Archaeology, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Native Canadian
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
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What can archaeology and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge tell us about how our marine environments have changed over time and the effects of climate change?

From harvesting herring eggs to hunting humpback whales, humans have had a relationship with the world's oceans for more than 100,000 years. In Dig Deep: Connecting Archaeology, Oceans and Us, young readers unearth what our ancestors left behind at archaeological sites around the world and examine how tools, campsites, fishing technologies and even garbage can show us how our ancestors lived and how they used the ocean. These discoveries can unearth clues to help keep our oceans healthier today and in the future.

About the author

Nicole Smith is an archaeologist, educator and speaker. Since 2000, archaeological research has taken her throughout coastal British Columbia, to the Northwest Territories and to Tierra del Fuego in southernmost Argentina. She has worked with over 20 First Nations communities throughout BC and academic colleagues to broaden the knowledge about coastal heritage, focusing on clam gardens, fish traps, stone tools, archaeological sites over 10,000 years old and the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on cultural heritage. Her teams’ results have been published internationally and recognized in the media, including the BBC, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and Hakai Magazine. She loves working with grade-school students to help them learn more about archaeology. Nicole lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish Peoples on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

“Chunked text and numerous color photos of science in action make this an accessible and inviting look at ecology.”


“Provides readers with an introduction to archeology…Slim yet informative…Recommended.”

School Library Connection

“The text is engaging…The emphasis on Indigenous wisdom and practices is encouraging. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials