Learn History in a new way with Excavate! Rome, an immersive social studies game for middle school students! Use Archaeological thinking to apply C3 skills of Inquiry and Evaluation of Evidence to aspects of Roman daily life not covered in textbooks. By excavating and analyzing four significant locations, players will:

· Explore the significance of public baths in Roman life
· Gain a new perspective on the Colosseum
· 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
· Piece together daily life
· Describe the lifestyle and role of gladiators in Roman society
· Explain architectural innovations that were used to build private homes, tenement apartments, public baths, and the Colosseum

“The quality of information and the methodology behind the questions is stronger than any educational game I've ever played.” K-12 Director of Technology, MD

Players can explore the sites in any order; progress is recorded in journals that log collected artifacts, field notes and achievements. Throughout the game, players use C3 skills to analyze and make connections. They carefully deduct the facts about each area, stratum by stratum and artifact by artifact. At each location, players make meaning of how artifacts were used through a series of analysis questions and reports that require players to make connections, read closely and consider the historical context of the primary source artifacts. Finally, players see each site come alive as artifacts populate an historically accurate image of Roman life. You’ll soon realize why Rome wasn’t built in a day!


• Engage with objects of daily life textbooks never include 

• Use archaeological thinking to piece together historical understanding 

• See artifacts in context in the ancient world 

• Design input from Social Studies teachers 

• Historically Accurate, C3 Skills-Based learning
• Free Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, and Extension Activities
• Track Student Progress
• Bundle with other Excavate! games for a complete curriculum solution

Excavate! Series:

Built in consultation with social studies teachers, Excavate! uses overarching questions to focus student inquiry as they dig, analyze, report and learn through object-based evaluation. Highly detailed, historically accurate illustrations and artifacts help students make connections and see the “big picture” of ancient history. Interaction with artifacts, including detailed 3D models, allows students to understand what life was really like for people of different social roles. Extensive in-game resources such as comprehensive location and artifact information and an interactive glossary make it easy to extend the learning off the screen. Supporting educator materials, standards information and extension activities help educators seamlessly include Excavate! in any ancient history curriculum. Track student performance using the new GBLxAPI learning data format, which reports student progress against C3 and ELA standards in an easy to read format. Excavate! is a multi-game series that includes old and new world civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Maya, Inca and more. Game bundles and bulk discounts are available.

What people are saying about Excavate!

“Excellent illustrations and collection of source material. I could see using this as a resource for a project. Good Collections of terms and other historical objects.” 7th Grade Social Studies, MD

“I LOVED the analysis questions because it assisted the kids in seeing the "big" picture and making connections.” – 5th Grade Social Studies, OH

"[The site report] was great! I had to really read closely to get a great score." 7th Grade Social Studies, Michigan

"These [analysis questions] helped the student connect history and meaning to the objects!" High School Special Education, AR

**App designed for the iPad but plays on iPhone with smaller type

Ratings and Reviews

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Memily63 ,

Fantastic for homeschool!

My kids really enjoyed doing this as an exciting start to their study on Rome! This a great homeschool tool but really any classroom history should take advantage of this app. It’s engaging and takes the student through the exciting adventure of learning and deciphering past cultures. I loved the maps and how it took the kids through the process an archeologist would take. We look forward to using the other apps they have created!


Dig-It Games, LLC
169.6 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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