This past Saturday we were joined by families from throughout the Midwest to experience archeology at the Buried Gardens of Kampsville. Our guests arrived in the morning, where Dr. Carol Colaninno introduced the group to archeological methods and the prehistory of Illinois. From there we headed out to TBGOK. Once we got on site, our visiting families got down in the dirt and learned how to take measurements, dig with a trowel, and screen the soil they excavated.
The Schaper and Ballenger families had a great time discovering culturally modified lithics and other artifacts in SQ1066, SQ1067, and SQ1068. In SQ1064, the Dubin Family continued excavations in Level 08. This is one of the new units we opened at the start of the 2014 field season, and a wide range of excavators, including other visiting families, adults, and high school field school students have had a part in the exploration of this exciting section of TBGOK. After lunch, we all headed back to Rice Classroom to wash artifacts; a perfect activity for a hot July afternoon. We cleaned the material excavated earlier in the day, and kids and adults alike had a great time learning about different artifact types. At the end of the day, CAA Education Program staff was sad to say goodbye to such an awesome group of budding archeologists, and we hope that they all make their way back to Kampsville sometime soon!