Archaeology is a critical component of environmental review at any landmark site, including our own. Got a budding Indiana Jones ( or Jane?) Sign them up for a real dirt-under-your-fingernails field experience! Supervised by archaeologist Eugene Boesch your child will help uncover and identify cultural resources for JHC and learn about John Jay's 1745 colonial farmhouse - the home where he grew up as a child in Rye. Following criteria set by the Department of the Interior, participants will dig, screen, measure and catalogue the items they find. Past probes have revealed 18th century artifacts like square nails and iridescent glass, an assortment of glazed pottery and creamware, a clay tobacco pipe bowl marked TD and a pipe stem, and pieces of animal bones. Our most exciting find just this past May was prehistoric tool revealing the presence of earlier Paleo-Indian encampments on the site. Campers will learn that archaeology is a necessary part of environmental review since our cultural resources are fragile and not renewable.
Are your kids interested in archaeology and discovery? Sign your 8 - 12 year olds up this summer July 16 - July 20, 9:30am - 12:30pm $125 per child. T-shirt, notebook and tools included.
Call Heather Craane at (914) 698-9275 for more info. Enrollment limited to 12 children.