Thanks to a partnership among Deadwood History Inc., the city of Deadwood, and archaeologist Laura Floyd, Archaeology Camp returned to Deadwood this summer, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Almost fifty children from grades 3-7 enrolled in the camp, which excavated a piece of Gordon Park currently under construction.
Deadwood History Inc. has held camps like this in previous years, but almost had to cancel this one for lack of a dig site. As the playground at Gordon Park was already meant for renovation, city officials paused work to allow the camp to create a dig site there. So far, the campers have found an antique fork, a 1938 penny, and several different types of antique pottery.
The camp is organized into two weeklong sessions, and kids learned about mapping, orienteering, and history. They were also able to find real historic objects, which Floyd says is instrumental in keeping kids interested. The camp’s curriculum included lessons on world archaeology and visits from U.S. Forest Service professionals. The camp’s work will be thoroughly documented by Floyd for potential use by future archaeologists in the area.
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