Teachers will participate in an archaeological dig being conducted at the Jay Heritage Center, Rye, New York. The excavation will test the hypothesis of there being an 18th century boyhood home of John Jay adjacent to the mansion.
Participants will be instructed in the use of archaeological tools and techniques and then will “dig” for three days. They will experience all the different facets of the excavation process. Participants will learn how the artifacts used to teach New York and U.S. history are discovered and analyzed prior to display in museums and historical sites.
Teachers will be asked to maintain a daily journal of the three day experience noting their activities and observations. At the conclusion, teachers should indicate how they will apply the archaeological experience to the classroom.
Dates: Session A July 7-9 or Session B July 9-11
Location: Jay Heritage Center
Rye, New York