Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences. It is the sandbox of men who care not where they are going; they merely want to know where everyone else has been. Jim Bishop
Because of the recent move my family has done, we took a week off to get all of our belongings to our new house from our old house. This year we have decided to use Story of the World for history, specifically volume 1 – Ancient History. The intro chapter talks about the very definition of history and archeology. A few weeks ago I blogged about the timelines the boys completed as part of the history portion and this week we are playing archeologists. I wonder if hundreds of years from now if archeologists will find part of my boys toys in the back yard of our old house. I wonder what conclusions they will draw from our family. That’s a scary thought, actually. Let’s talk about something else…moving on!
Anyway Jackson completed his experiment and report today. I thought I’d share a little bit of what he discovered.
He was given a tub of dirt which I hit 10 of our household items in at various depths. Archeologists use small shovels and little brushes to uncover their finds but we used a large serving spoon and an old tooth brush as you can see in the top left picture. He spent a long while being super careful on the surface layer of dirt but finally he got a little more adventurous. In the second row, you can see him moving the dirt to another container and sifting through the dirt as best he can to be sure he doesn’t miss something small. His vigilance paid off because the first item he found was a small, white paneling nail. Very good Jackson!
The last picture takes a little more explanation. As you can see in the other pictures, we put string across the dirt to make a grid, like archeologists do at real digs. On his paper, he made a replication of the container and the grid lines. Each time he found something he would put an “X” in the corresponding quadrant on the paper in which he found the item in the dirt. Next to that X he placed a number which corresponds to the order in which he found the item. Below that, he numbered his paper one through 10. Next to each number he described the item and gave his best guess as to what this made up civilization would use the said item for. He then made a guess at what the civilization was like based on his finds. You can see him filling out all of this information in the last picture. In the picture below you can sort of see what his dig write up looked like.
Jackson explaining the grid system and what the symbols and numbers meant.
He was able to use all of this data in his final report that he spent the rest of the day doing. He also presented his findings to his dad this evening. I think my favorite part of his presentation was the part where he made his guess about what the civilization would be like. He said, ” So this civilization probably was creative, rich, happy and good at cooking. This is a good way to live but not perfect. It will only be perfect when Christ comes back and resets things to how they were before Adam and Eve sinned.” My job here is done, people. The pictures below were taken during his presentation.
Jackson getting his jitters out. Public speaking makes him nervous.
I gave him directions to present this project to his dad without reading word for word from the paper. He had to switch gears from what he was reading to spoken word. Naturally he was nervous in the beginning.
Easing into things…
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Because this project encompass everything we studied in this section, his project was graded as a test. I am happy to report he did very well and will probably student teach (with me there) his brother tomorrow.