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School Outreach

The ASC schedules tours of its facilities for students and visitors of all ages, both during the school year and over the summer holiday. From July 2016 through June 2017, ASC Staff provided seven facility tours to Sonoma County middle school and elementary school students, SSU undergraduates, visitors from San Jose State University, and members of the SSU community on Staff Appreciation Day. During these tours, approximately 250 students and other guests walked through ASC’s extensive collections facility, artifact analysis lab, and Geographic Information Systems computer lab, touching artifacts and learning about animal bones and archaeologists’ tools of the trade.

If a tour isn’t feasible, in class presentations are also possible.

EXCEL for Youth Archaeology Course

Washing artifactsEXCEL is a summer academic enrichment program held at Sonoma State University providing experiences in science, art, engineering, mathematics, and technology for fourth- through ninth-grade students. In June 2017, ASC offered a one-week archaeology course guiding archaeologists-in-training through the process of collecting and analyzing archaeological materials.

ASC staff archaeologist Whitney McClellan led seven students in a pedestrian survey of SSU’s archaeological demonstration site. The students collected artifacts such as bottles, ceramic tablewares, projectile points, and faunal remains from the site, cleaned the items using water and brushes, and then identified them using the same references and resources employed by ASC archaeologists. Working as a team, the students identified the function and manufacture date of the artifacts, and practiced using this data to interpret the site. The course culminated with an open-house exhibition where students presented their interpretations to family members.


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