newspapers and clip their daily weather report maps and forecasts
for each of the following months: February, May, August, and November.
Make a copy of each of the four maps and forecasts and include them
as one clue. Be sure to blacken out any mention of the town, county
or country. What clue might you give to the finder to help him or
her read the weather maps and forecasts and determine our region
of the country?
Cut out about
a two-inch portion of a local road map for our town. Where will
you find a map? How will you decide which part of the map to use?
Will you show any roadways, rivers, landmarks or railroads? Is there
anything printed on the map that makes it too obvious? Should it
be blackened or cut out?
Tree Leaves, Branch, and Bark
Locate a small
branch containing a few leaves and a small piece of bark from a
tree that is very typical to our area. Why must you include a branch
with leaves on it rather than just a single leaf? Don’t forget
to recommend a good tree identification Internet link for the Clue
Locate a sample
of local vegetation that is non-edible. How will you decide which
vegetation will be a good clue for our location? How large should
it be? Please be sure that it is a typical piece of vegetation and
not a highly unusual one. In the photograph include an adult's hand
to give the viewer some perspective on size.
Find a sample
of a food product that is produced in this area. It can be a local
cash crop or a manufactured food product like sweets or prepared
foods. Be careful to remove any writing that would give away the
town or county location remaining on the package. What helpful information
can you include on the Internet link that would allow someone to
locate the manufacturer.
that are manufactured close to our town. Which products or industries
are the most common? Are there any products or industries that are
particularly identified with our region of the county or country?
How will you include the product in the clue? What clues will you
Take a photograph
of all of the people who helped make this 'Areifact Box'. Include
a caption to identify the names of the people. Might the names also
be a clue to our location?Are the names special to your country?
What might you include in the picture to serve as clues to the location
of our town? Will the clothes, hair styles etc of the people in
the photograph give clues to your location? Be careful not to give
extra clues by mistake, such as signposts, advertisements in the
background of the photo.
How can you
find out the number of people that are living in our town? Who could
give you that information if you were to make a local telephone
call? How recent would you like the information to be? You might
wish to include different population figures for the history of
our town to show how and when the population has changed. How can
you suggest a reference (Internet link) for this clue without giving
away country- or will the researcher need to know our area first?
Telephone Book Sample
Find an old
copy of our town’s telephone book. Is there a section in the
yellow pages that you might cut out for this clue? How can telephone
numbers help identify a region or town? Will you let them see the
numbers of our area code? Why or why not? If you decide to use a
yellow pages’ ad, how will you decide which ad to use? What
clues will you suggest that won’t be too obvious or difficult?
Are there advertisements for products or services that are unique
to our town or region?
Portion of a County or Province Map
Find a county
or province map and cut out a two-inch square portion of it to include
for this clue. How will you determine what you will include on the
piece you cut out? Will you include roads, rivers, or cities? You
may need to blacken out some names. Perhaps you can include only
parts of some names. What Internet links or resources can you suggest
for references? There are many very good Internet links to get this
Find or take
photographs of typical homes found in our town. What will you include
as being "typical"? You might wish to include homes that
are the oldest in our town. How will the homes you include be of
use in discovering our location? Is there something about homes
in our area that is not typical of other homes in the country or
world? Is there a home that has special historical or architectural
value? If so, be sure to include this feature in your photograph.
Where can the researcher go to find out the information about these
Find a local
recipe book. Make sure it includes regional foods. Find a recipe
or two that is well known and copy or write them out. You must be
careful to include a local recipe. If not, the clue will not be
of any use to the reader. For instance, mashed potatoes are made
in many parts of the world, but boiled lobsters are famous only
in certain parts of the world. Where or to whom might you suggest
the researcher go to find the clue’s answer?
Can you find
a picture of an animal that is common and typical of our region?
You may need to include more than one in order to make this clue
useful. Don’t include a picture of your pet cat or hamster.
What we really need is a wild, undomesticated animal. How will you
decide what animals are common to our region? It might be fun to
arrange a visit to see some of these animals, or have them visit
us! Can you suggest a reference book that tells where the animals
are commonly located?
Are there any
historic landmarks or famous buildings in our town or area? What
are they? Are they well-known? Remember that you should recommend
an Internet link or resource that the researchers can also find
if they are to track down the location of the clue. Include photographs
and descriptions on the clue card for each historic location. Give
some interesting human story about the historic landmark - it will
be far more interesting to the reader.
For this clue
you will need to find a letter that was mailed form our local post
office and has a local postmark on the envelope. Clip the cancelled
postage stamp and cancellation circle from the envelope. Blacken
the last two or three numbers on the zip code or postal code/ How
is this a helpful clue? Where can the researcher go to research
Take a careful
look at the headlines of our local newspapers for the next few days.
Are there any headlines that a person living far away could use
to discover our location? You may also want to look at the newspaper
headlines from the past year or so? How will you find these old
newspapers? Be sure to include headlines that refer to local (or
county, provincial or state) issues that are recognisable as being
from our area. You will need to include a few headlines to make
this clue meaningful. How will you suggest the research solving
this clue find out the needed information? This can be a very tricky
clue to assemble.