Our first week of Archaeology camp has been great! We have been exploring many ancient civilizations and even got to visit another museum on campus!
|Classifying the items from the "doohickey" kits!|
On Monday, we explored the excavation process by gridding our own Archaeology site. We learned about how archaeologists locate artifacts within a site by dividing it up into grid units, and how the locations of artifacts can help us determine their use. We also did some classification activities! We classified artifacts from a mining camp and from a "doohickey" kit. Classification helps archaeologists to determine the relationships between objects and the culture they belonged to.
|Sketching the gridded site.|
|Classifying the items from our "doohickey" kits!|
|Making a grid of our dig site!|
|Learning about mummies at the Kelsey Museum!|
On Tuesday, we took a field trip to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and talked about Egypt. We saw a mummy presentation, where we learned about the mummification process and the importance of preserving bodies in Egyptian culture. Then we took a tour of the gallery and made our very own Hieroglyphic scrolls!
|Learning about mummies at the Kelsey Museum.|
|Charlie's name in hieroglyphics.|
|Making our hieroglyphic scrolls.|
On Wednesday, we saw a Planetarium Show about the stars of the Egyptian pharaohs. Then we learned about and built the Great Pyramid of Khufu!
|Roni's group putting together their pyramids.|
|The finished product!!|
|Finding different mythological "monsters" on the scavenger hunt!|
On Thursday, we braved the art fair and went back to the Kelsey Museum, but this time we learned about Ancient Greece! First, we saw a Greek Mythology presentation where we learned about the Greek gods. Then we went on a Scavenger Hunt in the galleries and saw all sorts of “monsters” from ancient civilizations! Finally, we ended our visit by making Medusa headdresses.
|Making the Medusa headdresses.|
|The discuss throwing event.|
On Friday, we participated in our own Greek Olympics, complete with a Javelin (Straw) Throw, Long Jump and Chariot (Wheelbarrow) Race! Then we learned about Greek Pots and designed our own.
|The straw Javelin throw.|
|Miles running for his team in the "race in arms" relay race.|
|The relay race!|
|The wheelbarrow chariot race!|
|Zaynah and her beautiful Greek Pot!|
|Looking at traditional Greek Pots while designing our own!|
We had a great week learning about archaeological processes and ancient civilizations, and are excited to see some budding junior archaeologists!