Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 2 – Archaeology 101 (Rising 3rd/4th)
Today was excavation day in Archaeology 101! To prepare students for mock excavations, they first learned important concepts such as absolute and relative dating in archaeology and stratigraphy. In an activity based on relative dating, students rotated among 4 stations with a series of artifacts such as books, phones, ceramics, and stone tools in which they had to determine oldest to youngest. Using different colors of sand, students then created their own stratigraphic layers on paper. In the afternoon, the students were finally ready to begin excavating. Building upon the knowledge students learned yesterday during our mock survey, students excavated and took notes for each stratigraphic layer in their unit. They carefully collected, bagged, and labeled “artifacts” such as broken pottery, beads, marbles, and coins. It was messy but a whole lot of fun!