During spring break last week, George Washington’s Ferry Farm hosted to Grandparent-Grandchild Archaeology Camp. Campers, young and old, got a crash course on the entire archaeology process at Ferry Farm and the importance of archaeology to history. From recording information and digging up artifacts to a behind-the-scenes lab tour and creating an artifact diorama, campers left with a new-found knowledge of what is beneath their feet! Here are some photos of the camp.
Preparing to dig.
Archaeologists have to record everything they do.
Taking soil depth measurements before digging.
Determining the soil color.
“I found something!”
Screening to separate artifacts from dirt.
Carefully checking for artifacts after screening.
Artifacts get bagged.
Viewing Mary Washington’s punch bowl during an Archaeology Lab tour.
Learning about the glass mending project now happening in the lab.
Mending an ‘artifact’.
At the end of the day, campers were given an object that they used to create a diorama telling the story of the object.