Digging Up History

Digging Up History1
Digging Up History2
Eleventh- and 12th-grade students enrolled within Connetquot High School’s Introduction to Anthropology class, taught by Terry Lafrance, recently used their knowledge of excavating to dig up “artifacts” from the school’s courtyard.

The course, which is the only one throughout all of Long Island to offer students college credit in partnership with Farmingdale State College, includes archaeological elements as a significant portion of the coursework.
 
During the excavating project at the high school, the students were split into four separate zones, and designated their own spot to uncover “artifacts.” The groups used their newly attained skills to dig up artifacts, classify what they were, and properly mark down the proper numerical values.

In addition to their in-class work, the students had the chance to view the work of professionals during a recent field trip to the Sackler Educational Lab, located within the American Museum of Natural History. During the trip, the students participated in a hands-on experiment and used their newly acquired knowledge to identify the gender and height statistics of an individual based on their “bones.”