school tours

During the last week in April, some special guests came for a tour and hands-on discussion of archaeological findings from the excavations at the Clarke County Museum. Over 500 children came from a variety of local schools.

Dr. Phil Carr talked about archaeology and what life was like in the 1850s, when the Clarke County Museum was a private residence in Grove Hill. The students already knew a lot about life in the past. For example, they knew that archaeology was not about digging for dinosaurs or finding treasure!
Students then divided into groups and took a tour of the excavations. At each 1x1-meter unit they learned about a different aspect of archaeology, such as the tools used in excavation, the kinds of information recorded, and what was found.
Artifacts from a variety of archaeological sites were passed among the students while they discussed with the staff from the Center for Archaeological Studies what they might be and how they might have been used in the past. A broken chamber pot (used before toilets were common in homes, and they had to be emptied later!) brought exclamations of "Eeeewww"! An animal bone with cutmarks prompted a discussion of the kinds of animals settlers brought with them, such as cows, pigs, and chickens, that American Indians did not have prior to contact with Europeans. The bottom of a butter churn made students wonder if churning butter was a chore for children during the 19th century.

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