FIELD SCHOOL FOR EDUCATORS

The following is excerpted from the CT State Museum of Natural History's web site, which is repeated in the "Upcoming Activities" page at the time it is scheduled.


Educators will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at the Archaeology Field School for Educators sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology.

This field school is designed to give educators who teach history or social science in a classroom or museum setting a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticutís fascinating past. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification.

Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participantís understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologistís responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers. These lessons provide a first step toward developing the skills needed to undertake your own archaeological investigations with students.

Participants will experience an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a historic site in Connecticut. They will also learn about the role of the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology and how it can be an important resource in developing archeological lessons and activities for students.

Space is limited, and participants must be registered. To request a registration form, please call 860-486-5690.