Day 1 of Archaeology Days at the Earthangle Humane Inclusion Camp
Today was the first day of an 8-day series of archaeology workshops I have the pleasure of leading as part of the Earthangle Humane Inclusion Camp.
In this first session we presented the “Tools of the Trade” to the campers, so that they begin to familiarize themselves with the tools archaeologists use. I then gave them a brief background on the Pre-Columbian history of St. Croix aka Santa Cruz aka Ay-Ay and introduced my research focus into the archaeology of the African Diaspora.
To close our session I had the students draw a sketch of themselves as archaeologists after learning all of the tools archaeologists use on a daily basis. I use this instruction method in the first day of the workshop series to allow the students to begin to see themselves as archaeologists and simultaneously change any preconceived notions the students might have about what archaeology is and who can be an archaeologist.
Any of these students could become the next big thing in archaeology and I hope to introduce the discipline in a new way that is more inclusive and opens the door for a more diverse generation of archaeologists. Why not start right here in St. Croix?