LC students and alumni recently used their knowledge and skills to develop a program that helped children experience how archaeology reveals information about people and events from the past.
The program began with an orientation by Kelly Childress ’13, ’15 MA, a veteran of the 2014 Sandusky Archaeology Field School, who taught the children about the tools and techniques used by professional archaeologists. She then showed some of the many artifacts found at Sandusky and their particular stories.
The children were then allowed to dig through archaeology “sites” where reproduction artifacts had been buried in layers, with “older” artifacts found deeper in the bins of soil. Diana Spangler ’14, ’16 MA, Tracy Estelus ’15, ’17 MEd, and Kelly led the children in proper ways to dig and uncover the artifacts and deciphering clues about what the artifacts might mean. The children successfully deduced that one site had been a Civil War soldiers’ campsite and the other the Sandusky kitchen.
The program was a tremendous success and will become a regular offering at Historic Sandusky, said Greg Starbuck ’14 MA, director of Historic Sandusky. For more information on this or other activities at Sandusky, call 434.832.0162.