The camp, according to Museum Director Bill Dodd, was originally created in part to satisfy a need for the general grounds of the farm and museum.
“We created it because we’re continuously doing archaeology here at the farm,” he said. “Last year, we had a dual purpose. We wanted to do a herb garden at the farm. Any time we disturb dirt, we have to do an archaeological survey of the dirt.”
Dodd decided to introduce an educational component and invite campers to take part.
To take the archaeological aspect a step further, Dodd invited Kimberly Brigance, director of historic resources at Heritage Sandy Springs, to act as a guest lecturer.
“Bill [Dodd] asked me to help oversee and talk to the students about going through the proper archaeology standards,” she said. “I was happy to do that last year and will be happy to do that this year.”
This year, Dodd and Brigance will be working with a group of 10 students, six of whom are new campers and four who are returning from last year.
From June 10 to 14, the camp will kick off at 8 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., including classroom lectures on basic archeological concepts and building a site for where this year’s dig will take place.
Brigance said camps like this and her guest-lecturing at the camp are crucial for inspiring a greater understanding of archeology and its importance.
“Archeology lets you put your hands directly on a moment in time,” she said. “It really brings history alive and it is not just treasure hunting, as portrayed on television and in movies.”
Reframing how the 10 students view history will be rewarding, Brigance said.
“I’m looking forward to really helping them see history differently, namely them seeing [history] as something that they should want to feel passionate about, protect and preserve,” she said.
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