ECORP Staff Share Edible 'Artifacts' at the Archaeology Fair

 

On Saturday, October 18, ECORP’s cultural resources staff joined other local professionals and scholars for the second annual Archaeology Fair in Redlands, California. The Fair is a celebration promoted by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA, www.archaeological.org) in observation of International Archaeology Day, held each year on the third Saturday of October. The local AIA Society and other participants organized a very successful community-wide event promoting public education in archaeology, support of archaeological research and field work, and preservation of archaeological sites.

ECORP archaeologists Wendy Blumel, Kristina Lindgren, Andrew Myers, and Hannah Hicok organized a delicious hands-on activity that assisted visitors in examining the earth’s strata and how archaeological sites form and become buried over time. Archaeological features, artifacts, and other evidence of past human activities can become buried with soil when sediments are transported and deposited by the earth’s natural processes. What is the best way to recreate this process to a captivated public audience? Give them a recipe for candy-laced archaeological deposits layered between depositional episodes of chocolate cereal and then let them excavate (eat) though the various levels to discover the hidden ‘artifacts.’

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ECORP’s educational, interactive, and tasty booth was very popular among kids and adults alike, resulting in positive feedback from both the public and organizers of the event. The team has received requests to duplicate this fun and easy lesson at future community-based events, and the educational flyer, “How Archaeological Sites Form,” is now being used by teachers through the Heritage Education Program (www.heritageedu.com). ECORP’s cultural resources staff looks forward to continued participation in future events promoting archaeology to the public.

For information on our Cultural Resource services, please contact Evelyn Chandler at (909) 307-0046 or Roger Mason at (714) 648-0630, or Lisa Westwood at (916) 782-9100.