Focusing on the study of humans through found objects, Archaeology Day combines both science and history through a day of activities that include examining actual artifacts, attending a pottery workshop, and speaking with real-life archaeologists.
Dig into science and history!
Archaeology Day combines both science and history through a day of fun-filled activities. Enjoy a variety of activities that will help you discover your inner archaeologist.
Delve into questions that connect science with the familiar:
- How did Vermonters live in the past?
- What tools did Vermonters make and how did they make them?
- What’s happened in Vermont during the last 12,900 years, and how do we know?
ARCHAEOLOGY DAY ACTIVITIES
|11:00 Stone Artifacts||Examine stone arrowheads, knives, spearheads, and shards that have all been found in Vermont.||Science Discovery Lab|
|12:00 Flint Knapping Demonstration||Flint knappers will teach you about the stones and tools of their trade.||Science Park Patio|
|1:00 Pottery Artifacts||Examine pottery shards under a microscope as you try to match and sort ceramics from different time periods.||Science Discovery Lab|
|2:00 Pottery Demonstration||Get your hands dirty as you practice making different designs.||Science Park Patio|
|3:00 Historic Artifacts||Explore the nails, bricks, and historic items of 18th and 19th century Vermont.||Science Discovery Lab|
|3:30 Modern Artifacts||Discover the recent archaeological past with this surprising collection of 20th century life.||Science Discovery Lab|
|Atlatl Throwing||Using the atlatl to throw darts is based on ancient hunting techniques. Tests your strength and accuracy as you learn how to throw an atlatl.||West Lawn|
Archaeology Day at the Montshire is made possible by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation as part of Vermont Archaeology Month.