May 11, 2016

‘ArcheoBlitz’ gives students a taste of real-life field work

By Annette Tait
What’s better than watching Indiana Jones or The Librarian recover artifacts and bring new knowledge to the world? Getting the chance to work alongside real-life archeologists to discover new information about a local historical site.
Center-Stanton seventh and eighth graders joined students from a number of schools in the region for “ArcheoBlitz,” a citizen-scientist project held at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The event was a cooperative effort of KRIV and the Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Neb., designed to pair archeologists with small groups of students to locate artifacts using minimally invasive methods.
“We’re seeing seventh and eighth graders working side by side with professional archeologists -- they are engaged citizen scientists doing meaningful work,” KRIV Superintendent Craig Hansen said. “The information they’re going to collect is going to inform me, as park manager, how to tell the [site’s] story in the future.”
A significant amount of resources were invested into the program, which took considerable planning and preparation by the National Park Service and its partners.

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