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 archaeologist. She has conducted archaeological work in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico where she studied 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.
Summer Day Camp Fees: Day campers $225 ($250 after June 19, 2015); 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