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Community Archaeology Program

Archaeology for Kids Camp

Each summer, The Public Archaeology Facility's Community Archaeology Program (CAP) offers a week-long program focused on archaeology for kids entering Grades 5 and 6. The program is taught by professional archaeologists from PAF at Binghamton University. Students will learn about the science of archaeology through hands-on, interactive classroom projects, laboratory tours, outdoor activities, and visit a local archaeological site. Field trips will give program the opportunity to observe professionally trained archaeologists at work and to assist in the recovery of artifacts from a nationally important site. Students will also receive an “Archaeology for Kids” workbook full of important facts about archaeology and historic preservation. Additional activities include experimental archaeology, artifact re-creation, survey work with GPS, simulated site excavations, and many others. The level and content of the program can be modified to match the interests and abilities of each year's participants.

CAP 2018 will be held at the historic Unitaria site, located in the Town of Colesville, Broome County, NY. The site is on land that was associated with the Hurlburt family. The Hurlburts were part of a troupe that trained horses for performances all over the United States. Tragically, the group along with their horses died in 1875 when the ship they were sailing on sank. Archaeological testing by PAF produced a range of domestic artifacts from the suspected house site dating from the 1840s to 1870s.Although it is not clear whether the Hurlburts lived in this house, the site has significant archaeological potential and has become an important place in local lore and oral history. CAP's investigations here will add detail to the town's memorializing of this community. To learn more, go to 2018 Research Site.

Dates*: Session I: July 9-13, 2018; Session II: July 16-20, 2018. 

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (there is a $25 late fee for for pick up after 4:40)
Cost: $200 per Participant (no refunds after May 15, 2018)
Daily Activities take place in Science Building 1, Room 106

*The session is limited to around 15 students to ensure the best EDUCATIONAL setting. Minimum number of participants is needed in each session to run.

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Participants will spend the first few days of the program learning about ancient cultures, archaeological concepts, practice fieldwork techniques and learn about artifact classification and preservation.

Kids will take part in exciting activities in experimental and creative archaeology, including atlatl/spear throwing, pottery construction and orienteering. Activities will differ in each session.

One of the program days will take participants out in the field to practice survey and mapping with GPS. We'll explore local historic sites long-covered by vegetation, and learn how archaeologists survey sites using direct measurements, digital cameras, careful notes and a handheld GPS unit. This trip will also provide the opportunity to learn more about the environment in which these sites were created.

The program will also travel to a local historically significant archaeological site currently being excavated by the Public Archaeology Facility where students will observe professional excavations. Participants will be able to assist in some of the tasks at the site, including screening for artifacts, note-taking, and site interpretation.

Last Updated: 1/18/18