Child in Archaeology Dig

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Family ProgramsCamp

Archaeology Field School

A Summer Day Camp

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

About the Program

Adventure awaits! Don’t miss this summer series of fun daylong camp sessions focused on archaeology of the ancient world. At the Skirball’s Archaeology Field School, you’ll journey back in time to study ancient writing, trade, and even tombs!

Junior archaeologists, ages 8 to 12, will learn how archaeologists make discoveries about the past and practice excavation skills at our outdoor, interactive 1,500-square-foot dig site and field research tent.

Each session focuses on a couple areas of archaeological study and culminates in a related hands-on project. Sign up for one or both days. No previous experience required.


Tuesday, July 30: Ancient Writing and Artifact Analysis and Illustration—In this session, junior archaeologists will learn about the development of writing in the ancient Near East and discover how people in the past used writing to communicate and create their identity. Plus, they will be introduced to different types of ceramics from ancient Near Eastern civilizations and learn about why ceramics are some of the most common finds at an ancient dig site. Junior archaeologists will even learn how to use tools and mathematical methods to illustrate a complete artifact using only a single broken piece. (No prerequisite sessions.)

Wednesday, July 31: Relative Dating and Burial Practices—In this session, junior archaeologists will learn about the geographical and archaeological law of superposition and absolute dating, then participate in relative dating activities such as counting tree rings. They will also view our very own replica of the Khirbet el Qom tomb in the Skirball Discovery Center, then learn about different burial practices of ancient civilizations of the Near East and Mediterranean regions. (No prerequisite sessions.)