US Route 301 Archaeology Update

December 10th, 2012
Sixth Graders Helping to Sort and Count Artifacts

Sixth Graders Helping to Sort and Count Artifacts

Post from DelDOT Archaeologist David Clarke

December 10, 2012

Last Thursday at the Noxon’s Tenancy site, we hosted a class of Sixth Graders from Dagsboro. They toured the site, saw some of our best artifacts, heard a little talk about how archaeologists learn about the past, and then helped us screen. We divided them into groups of three or four, with a screen for each, and one archaeologist at each screen. We thought it went very well. The kids seemed interested, and they enjoyed themselves. One even said it was the most fun field trip ever. We had set aside features to dig that would produce a lot of dirt with artifacts in it, so there was plenty to do and everybody found something. We found a lot of potsherds, and a fair amount of animal bone. The kids were on the site for about two hours, which was a good amount of time. After two hours they were losing a little focus, and we were exhausted. Maybe kids are especially keyed up for field trips, but we always find managing all that energy very tiring. How does anyone do it all day long?