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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 4 – Archaeology 101 (Rising 3rd/4th)

Posted by on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Today was a busy day for Anthropology 101! We began the morning with a quick recap of what we learned in the bone lab yesterday. Again, I was impressed with how much they remember and understand! We wrapped up our lab portion of the class by refitting the broken pottery they uncovered in their survey and excavations. We finished the morning by learning about study of historical documents. The talked about the discovery of the Rosetta stone and learned to write our names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. We looked at real documents from the past 500 years and practiced deciphering words.

In the afternoon we painted our coil pots from Monday and learned about the sacred Maya calendar and number system. We discussed how other cultures view time in different ways and figured out each students birth date in the Maya calendar. They then made pendants and carved their birth date glyph. We closed the day by watching a part of PBS’s “Cracking the Maya Code”. Overall, it was a fantastic day and I’m pleased with how well our budding archaeologists are doing!