If you are interested in the clash of civilizations, consider the case of the Aztecs and the Spanish near the beginning of the 16th century. For sheer scale, drama and human interest, few stories command such breathtaking attention. The subject of Guilderland's second 2020 dig, to occur between Monday, August 24 and Friday the 28th at The Community Gardens, is this world changing subject. Our source material includes parts of the letters of the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortez, to his Emperor, Charles V, as well as parts of the Aztec account of the conquest ("The Broken Spears"). In 1519, Spanish conquistadors from the Island of Cuba sailed West to explore what is today the Gulf Coast of Mexico. What they encountered there dazzled them beyond what words can credibly tell: a splendid, savage empire with riches so abundant that its immediate conquest was fatefully undertaken. What followed was one of the most gigantic wars of all time, if such meaning is measured in human life. The story is filled with twists, turns and outcomes so astonishing that they make successful Hollywood scripts look ordinary. In diplomatic encounters, sieges and battles each side struggled to harness magic, religion and military power to outwit and defeat the other. In this dig, you will excavate one of the many encounters in this war (near the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan) of which history, archaeology, and literature have left us an unforgettable record. The artifacts alone are stunning but their context will stop a digger in her/his intellectual tracks as they consider the forces that caused it, preserved it and imbue it with meaning relevant today. Prepare yourself to experience the savage splendor of the Aztec empire in one crucial moment of its death struggle against Spain. An excavation NOT to be missed.
- Campers should arrive dressed for the weather, with appropriate footwear and a cap or hat.
- Sunblock and kid-friendly bug dope may also be needed.
- All campers should pack a hearty lunch, labeled drink and a snack.
- Space is limited; please sign up early if you wish to have your children attend.
- Head Instructor: Geoffrey Purcell
- Bus Transportation: NOT AVAILABLE
- Aftercare: M-Th only, $30 until 5:15 pm. No early care available, drop off from 8:30 am. Contact the instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note a location change - the Tawasentha Community Gardens are located on Route 146 just before Ostrander Road. Camp will be run from the pavilion at the Gardens
- For the safety of the campers we will make sure all campers:
- Wear face masks
- Maintain social distance
- Monitor symptoms with parents
- Frequently wash their hands
- All campers will have plexiglass between each of them at the dig site and there will be marked boundaries taped to the tarps
- Each camper will be asked to comply with safety and hygiene decorum.
- There will be abundant amounts of water, a cooling- off station and separate tables with which to keep individual finds seperated.
- Siblings WILL work together at their distinct ends of the dig and will give way to each other by turns: at such time as proximity might otherwise happen in order to maintain social distance. (Siblings can occupy the same spaces)
- Meals, slide presentations and artifact processing will be done apart - dig teams will be working apart for this purpose unless they are siblings
- Instructors will be practicing all of the above as well and will be keeping a written record of any incidents
- All tools and surfaces will be washed down each day to insure the safety of the campers (Tables, tarps, tools, artifacts)