The Junior Lab Archaeology experience at the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) offers an exciting opportunity for children aged 5-11 to explore the fascinating world of archaeology. The program is designed to provide an engaging and educational experience that introduces young participants to the field of archaeology and allows them to actively contribute to archaeological preservation.
The experience begins with a series of interactive activities aimed at providing a basic understanding of archaeology and the research questions being explored at ARI. These activities are carefully crafted to be age-appropriate and capture the interest and imagination of young participants. One such activity could involve a survey activity, where children learn how archaeologists use mapping techniques to locate and document archaeological sites. Another activity might include a unit mockup that teaches them about the importance of context in understanding artifacts and archaeological features. Additionally, a site mapping activity could be incorporated to help children understand the process of recording and mapping archaeological sites.
In the second part of the experience, participants will have the opportunity to tour the ARI archaeological lab and interact with archaeologists who are actively conducting research. This hands-on experience allows the children to see firsthand how archaeological investigations are conducted and gain insights into the work that archaeologists do. They will have the chance to ask questions, learn about the tools and techniques used in the field, and understand how artifacts are analyzed and interpreted.
A highlight of the Junior Lab Archaeology experience is the opportunity for participants to contribute to archaeological preservation. Children will engage in a practical activity where they can assist in the cleaning and sorting of artifacts recovered from historic and pre-contact contexts. This hands-on task not only reinforces the importance of careful artifact handling and preservation but also allows the children to actively contribute to the ongoing research efforts at ARI.
Throughout the experience, the emphasis is on creating an engaging and interactive environment where children can learn about archaeology in a fun and meaningful way. The Junior Lab Archaeology experience at ARI aims to foster a sense of curiosity, appreciation for the past, and an understanding of the importance of archaeological research and preservation. By providing this hands-on and educational experience, ARI hopes to inspire the next generation of archaeologists and instill a lifelong love for the field of archaeology.
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