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Archaeologist in Training! Learn How to Excavate Your Own Site.

Josee Dimson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
In this 5-week course, students will learn excavation techniques from finding a site location to presenting their own finds and get hands-on experience!

Class experience

US Grade 2 - 5
Students will learn about the field of archaeology and its related jobs.  We will look at the technology behind finding a site, its excavation, how to clean artefacts, their analysis and publication.  This hands-on class will ignite their imagination as they will gather various objects and create a storyline about how ancient people used them.
I am a trained archaeologist, and I excavated at sites such as Mytilene and Kommos in Greece for many field seasons. I have travelled extensively through Europe, and I have taught Greek and Roman art, archaeology and mythology at Concordia University, Montréal.  I held a position at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where I created and led tours for children on the topics of Greek, Roman and Egyptian archaeology, the Medieval period, dinosaurs and natural history. More recently, I have taught labs on water science and solar energy to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students through Scientists in School. Since July 2021, I have had the pleasure of teaching many archaeology and ancient civilizations classes on Outschool. 
This class requires preparation ahead of time on the parents' part.  PLEASE do not enroll your child if this can't be done, as your learner would not be able to follow the activities.
Three black/white handouts will be supplied through the class page.  They include a "field notebook" (3 pages), a trash activity page (1 page) and a laboratory log page (1 page).  The dig box and trash bag activities require the following materials:
(Photographs of my dig box and trash bag will be provided on the class page. Please message me if you have any questions).

1. Small box/bin of any kind at least the size of a laptop, filled with soil/sand, and an empty box in which to put the discarded soil/sand
2. Spoon
3. Paintbrush
4. Artifacts (all can be from things already in your home)
5. Markers
6. Pencils
7. Surface to write on 
8. Print outs from the classroom (3)
9. Toothbrush
10. Bowl with water
11. Place to dry artifacts - a plastic tray with paper towels is great
12. Measuring tool - small ruler
13. Place where students can get a little messy
14. 2 paper plates 
15. Bag of actual trash from your home (8-10 items). I use newspapers, clean can of cat food, clean food wrappers, etc.
16. Printed worksheets which will be available on class page.

In a paper or plastic bag, place 8-12 clean items from your recycling bin.  My bag includes items such as newspapers, food wrappers, cat food can, small plastic container, paper clip, small toy, etc. 
Archaeologists do not study dinosaurs or fossils, and I cannot provide any expertise in that area.  Fossil lovers are absolutely welcome and dig boxes can have them as well!  Just be advised I will not be able to discuss dinosaurs with any more experience than a layperson.
As you need to provide your student with items from the trash/recycling, please ensure these are safe for them to handle and be sure to have them wash their hands afterward.

I will present the class material through the use of slides from my own extensive private collection and from archaeological excavations and museum collections.  
As an archaeologist, I base my classes on scholarly texts, scientific secondary sources such as textbooks, scholarly journals (Archaeology Magazine, National Geographic, Penn University publications, etc.), and archaeological reports, while keeping it age appropriate.  Other visuals than my own are drawn from sites such as Open Licensed Images, Ancient World Image Bank, World History Encyclopedia, the New York Public Library Digital Collection, and Public Domain Pictures. All sites allow for free use of images, with credits.
For the specific purpose of this class, I use a USB camera, which allows me to switch from my laptop camera to my work table where the learners can clearly see my dig box as I excavate along with them.  This process reinforces the archaeological practices that we address in Week 1.
Learners do not need to access any external sites during class.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
Hi! My name is Josée and I am originally from Montréal, Québec, Canada. I have always wanted to study archaeology, travel and go on excavations, and I have been very lucky to be able to fulfill my dreams!  

I have earned a double major in... 
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weekly or $70 for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
50 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-11
3-6 learners per class

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