Unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the secrets of the past. By learning what clues humans leave in the archaeological record and how scientists study and interpret those clues, campers will be trained to reconstruct the past. Activities include artifact identification, archaeological drawing, excavation, and mapping as well as museum procedures such as object handling and cataloging. Campers will work with real archaeological materials, such as projectile points and pottery. Each day will include both classroom instruction and hands-on activities. At the end of the week, campers will have gained an appreciation for the value of scientific inquiry and the importance of context in recovering the material record and reconstructing the human past. A recognition ceremony will be held at the end of the last day, when campers will be presented with official tools of the archaeologist.
Archaeology Day Camp Director:
Jennifer Kirker-Priest is the Director of the Anthropology Museum at NIU and an instructor in the Museum Studies graduate certificate program. Since her first dig at the age of 18, she has loved working in archaeology. Kirker-Priest has conducted archaeological work in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico where she studied ancient Latin American cultures like the Maya and Aztec. From coordinating archaeology fairs and scout badges to teaching college courses and designing museum exhibits, she loves inspiring others to the science of archaeology.
Archaeology Day Camp Assistant Director:
Shaala Sherman is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at NIU. After working as a history teacher in the DeKalb School District, she decided she wanted to shift to anthropology and fell in love with archaeology. She was able to fulfill her dream of digging among Maya ruins by attending a field school in Belize in 2010. in 2012, Sherman worked with middle and high school students through the Center for American Archeology located in Kampsville, Illinois. She is excited to be involved in excavations within DeKalb, and is looking forward to sharing her love of archaeology with a new generation of budding anthropologists.
Summer Day Camp Fees: Residential campers $175 ($200 after July 12, 2013); NIU employees are eligible for an additional $25 discount on request.
For more information contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming: call 815-753-5200 or e-mail LASEP@niu.edu