DAY 1-Archaeology Camp at Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
From July 6-24, 2015 I had the pleasure of serving as the archaeologist in residence for the Earthangle Humane Inclusion Summer Camp Experience. Over a period of 3 weeks we exposed a group of campers in St. Croix age 3-16 to the world of Archaeology. The Humane Inclusion Camp is an Earthangle program with a primary goal of increasing accessibility and diversity in our nation’s parks and beyond by organizing high quality programs based on an E.A.R.T.H. model which stands for (Education, Arts, Rehabilitation, Travel, and Humanitarianism. In partnership with autismglobe this program was able to reach a diverse group of students both with special needs and those without to stress the theme of inclusion and cooperation among children of all different skill levels. Archaeology was a great way to bridge the gap and expose all the children to a new world where they could all explore and learn together incorporating hands on training as well as lessons in drawing, history, math, and science.
Day 1 of “Archaeology Days at Salt River Bay” the campers were introduced to the Tools of the Trade: An Archaeologist’s Toolkit.
What I loved most about this experience was the genuine surprise that these students had, meeting me for the first time and seeing an archaeologist who looked just like them. Many of them were not shy in telling me “Wow your an archaeologist, maybe I could be an archaeologist one day too!” or “I didn’t even know there were Black archaeologists!” Even though they were a bit disappointed that I don’t dig for dinosaurs their excitement and curiosity really warmed my heart.