Archaeology approaches the past from a particular focus. Although its interest builds from the human sciences, it focuses on natural and earth sciences as well, since it understands past behaviour as cultural adaptations interacting with the environment. In doing so, archaeology also stresses both the diversity of cultural behaviour strategies and the unity and interaction among them.
Moreover, archaeological practice combines highly complex technologies with a strong involvement of yet untrained people, mainly children and youngsters, these being attracted by the possibility to participate in some stages of research (namely survey and excavations), where to a certain extent they can be part of he process of knowledge construction. In doing so, archaeology emerges at the crossroad of acquaintance, but mainly contributes for the enhancement of youngsters in understanding cultural diversity and for their awareness of the fact that knowledge is built through a combination of rigorous methods and dialogue involving often contradictory points of view.
Being Prehistoric Art the main thematic off Mação Museum, artistic education is a major component of all activities, departing form the notion that all senses stimulation is the best way to educate and get our message across.
Embodied with these concepts, the Museum of Prehistoric Art (Mação, Central Portugal) developed a didactic project in Portugal project where a character named Andakatu leads children, youngsters and adults into the path of human evolution. Through archaeological experimentation and fieldwork or lab activities involving the participants in learn by doing process, the project has been successfully engaged with thousands of children all over Portugal.