In Scandanavia the years between about 800 and 1100 AD are shrouded in mystery. This period, which saw the flowering of culture known to the world as "Viking," was also the time during which Europe emerged from historical darkness into the light of the High Middle Ages. The question for historians and archaeologists is, what do the two have to do with each other? Did Scandinavian raiders "viking-ize" Europe or did traders, diplomats and Christian missionaries "european-ize" Scandanavia? Or was it a little of both? In the Viking dig, students will have the opportunity to discover what a site from Romo (an island off the coast of Southwestern Denmark) can tell us about the Vikings in particular and the birth of modern Europe in general. We will refer to history, skaldic poetry and epics, and excavate a house site on the North Sea (ie West) side of the island. Excavators will use the same tools archaeologists use in the field, but the main activity will take place in their heads as they learn how to "see" how a story emerges from the arrangement of artifacts in their contexts. What will you find? Will you be able to figure it out? Inquiring minds want to know!
The dig is safe, fun and realistic to an absurd degree. The artifacts alone are stunning. But the real product is the ability of the campers to use their tools and minds in a coherent, purposeful way to discover the most likely stories that account for what they find. Elements of science, logic, geography, culture, history and (of course!) archaeology keep the proceedings humming. Make the week of July 27-31, 2020, especially memorable with this dig opportunity!
- 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, email@example.com.
- 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)