Digging Up The Past
A Hands-on Archaeology Dig
Students are immersed in a hands-on, interactive archaeological project led by a trained archaeologist. This unique program integrates multidisciplinary skills in a realistic simulation. What does it really take to be an archaeologist? Your class works in teams to uncover the story of the fictional people who once inhabited a corner of the museum grounds. Students participate in an outdoor simulated archaeological dig to really understand how archaeologists uncover and decipher clues about the past.
The adventure begins in our lab, where students receive an introduction to tools, methodology, and techniques. They learn how real archaeologists operate using the scientific method.
Next they are organized into search teams and provisioned with tools and reference materials. The students trek outdoors to the dig site where they begin the search for buried artifacts--recording and cataloging each as it is uncovered. Students return to the lab to research and identify their genuine artifacts and develop historical connections. They prepare a final report of their findings that is presented to their fellow archaeologists.
Students use scientific inquiry methods to study the past while employing every subject area necessary--including science, math, history, reading, geology, and art--for a successful and complete archaeological investigation.
Archaeology programs are 2-1/2 hours in length and run from 9:30 am to noon. Fees are $275 for up to 34 students.
One adult teacher or chaperone is required for every six students and are included in the group rate. Extra adults are allowed as space permits at $5 each, payable at time of visit. Siblings are not allowed in the Archaeology Program.
Call 916-485-8836 to schedule a field trip, or visit.