I wear many hats, some of which are archaeological, and so a typical day for me can come in many different ‘flavours’.
Today, my day started on public transit.
And then more public transit.
But I finally arrived at the Markham Museum.
I work as a program instructor at the museum, giving tours and programs for groups that come, but this morning I was actually doing a special program for the museum’s own summer camp. This week’s theme is Junior Archaeology, so I was teaching a group of seventy 4-8 year olds about Archaeology 101.
I had my tools:
And some artifacts:
And I spent a while talking about all the things that archaeologists learn from bones and stone tools and broken pots. I also talked about how archaeologists don’t find dinosaur bones, and how we only find things that people have left behind – mostly garbage.
After Archaeology 101, I did some reverse archaeology – burying things for the campers to dig up later. The activity I set up was Archaeology Bingo, laying a grid and burying everyday objects under some of the squares.
It was hot work, nearly 40C with the humidity.
But after I finished up, I headed home to put on my next hat. That involved taking my youngest to a museum to enjoy some well-deserved air conditioning!
So while my day did not consist of excavation, or research, I was imparting the joy and excitement of archaeology to a great group of kids. Archaeology catches the imagination, and where better to encourage that than in a day camp during the summer at a museum!