Teaching Resources

A set of information and links on Mali and on archaeology appropriate for middle school and high school students . Mali Interactive is the archive of an interactive project that linked two archeologists and their children in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali with middle school students in the Conroe Independent School District in Texas.

To find out what archaeologists do and how they do it, here are some frequently asked questions. Click on the links to find out the answers from some great web resources:

Archaeology? What's that?

Where do you start?

What do archaeologists do at a site?

How do you preserve what you find?

Examples of excavations

How to get involved in Archaeology

Archaeology as a Career


Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. You can locate it on a political map of Africa.

Information on Mali's geography, population, government, and economy. Also see location, geography, and climate.

Pictures of Mali.

River of Sand: documentary of music, culture and people of Mali.

Learn about the Mali Empire.

A brief introduction to the Niger River and the Middle Niger Region, including the port towns, Jenné and Timbuktu, and the Dogon of the Bandiagara cliffs to the east of the Niger.

BBC country profile of Mali.


Take a look at Jenné's sister city 500 km down the Niger: Timbuktu

History of Timbuktu.

UNESCO on Timbuktu

BBC on Timbuktu

Tuareg Nomads

Is it possible that there are people who prefer living in the Sahara and being constantly in search of water to settled life in a city or town? Amazingly, yes. They are nomads by choice.

Meet the Tuareg.

The Dogon

Dogon Blacksmiths.

The following links may be helpful to teachers:

Resources on Africa

Learning Resources

Curriculum for Teachers and Students

Archaeology Facts and References