Campers started off the week with a short introduction to archaeology. After that, they spent some time drawing out what they thought an archaeologist (or any scientist) looked like. Some of the campers got really creative!
Later, they each were given an archaeological step for digging up a site that they had to illustrate and put back in order!
Finally, campers had to put their archaeology skills to the test! They competed in teams, pacing off flags, toss dirt through a screen, and getting trowels to stick in the ground.
Tuesday was a field trip day! Red and Green group went to the Kelsey museum where they were given a tour and got to dig up pots and put them together.
Orange group had some fun at our museum! They first got to learn about ancient dyes using coffee, tea, turmeric, and blackberries.
They also played a fun game to understand how important context is for studying ancient people. One camper would write down a question that another camper answered. Seeing only the answer, we had to figure out what the original question was!
Lastly, campers competed to make the best Greek robe!
Of course they also had to have a catwalk!
Wednesday’s theme was all about artifacts. First they had a chance to play with garbage! Different pieces of clean garbage were put in bags and campers had to be detectives and figure out where each bag of garbage came from. Just like how you only see a small piece of society from one bag of trash, archaeologists see only a sliver of the past from one site.
Campers also made their very own cave paintings!
Thursday had Orange group going to the Kelsey where they were given a tour and got to dig up pots and put them together.
Red and Green group had some fun at our museum! They first got to learn about ancient dyes using coffee, tea, turmeric, and blackberries.
Campers then competed to make the best Greek robe!
They also learned about ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and tried to write their own!
On Friday, campers looked at some soil samples to learn about the different components of soil and how archaeologists use soils to interpret sites. Campers learned about the tools that archaeologists use and what they are used for. They also excavated fossils and artifacts, then classified them.
Campers also took broken terracotta pots and tried to piece them back together based on their designed, much like archaeologists do.
Thanks for another awesome week!