Every year the ASC gives tours of its facilities and presentations to school groups upon request. It is particularly popular with elementary school groups where presentations may often meet curriculum requirements. If a tour isn’t feasible, in class presentations are also possible.
Summer 2012 Excel Program
The 2012 EXCEL Program for Youth Archaeological Mystery students were busy this past year investigating the mysterious location of an old archaeological site. Instructor and ASC archaeologist Kate Green led the students through analysis of various clues and artifacts to piece together the lost location. The students spent two weeks examining bone, shell, lithic, bead, cryptic field notes and maps to track the location of the simulated site.
The students learned to note and describe stratigraphy and identify and record a wide range of artifacts. Some of the artifacts were diagnostic and could be identified by rough age; the students made notes on how old different parts of the site were. On the final day of the class, the parents of the students arrived and attended the last hour, during which the students presented their findings using their research.
Some Past Activities & Events
In June 2003, seven students from Michael Newland’s July 2002 Excel class participated in a weekend volunteer excavation at Fort Ross. The students, in addition to their excavation responsibilities, spent the night within the fort, went for hike to a nearby rock shelter site, and participated in a short geomorphology exercise about a buried midden in the nearby cove. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a very complimentary article on the excavation and the Excel Program a few weeks later.
Read the San Francisco Chronicle's article about kids taking part in the Fort Ross excavation here.
Back in 2003, Michael Newland visited the Coyote Valley Elementary School to give a presentation about Sir Francis Drake, which got a big write up in the local newspaper.