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Girls Dig It: An Archaeology Program for Girls Ages 12-14


  • Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding, CA, 96003 United States (map)

Register today for the Girls Dig It: An Archaeology Program.

This program will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm, June 26th - July 26th, 2019. Contact Girls Inc. NSV Program Specialist, Kara McClure at kara@girlsincnsv.org with any questions.

Girls Dig It introduces young teens between the ages of 12 and 14 to the interdisciplinary field of archeology. Unlike other "soft" science disciplines, archeology incorporates both science and the humanities, utilizing the "tools" of science and the "interpretive" practices of the humanities. This collective approach introduces the girls to disciplines such as "history, art history, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, folklore and folklife". In addition, the program provides an awareness of the practicum of academic coursework, which is the basic foundation for all fields of science.

The program goals strive to help girls explore:

  • What archeologists do, as well as what areas of study are important and why.

  • What kinds of skills, personal characteristics and interests are useful to an archaeologist?

  • What, if any, stereotypes exist about archaeologists?

  • What are the fundamentals and the vocabulary of archaeology that can be generalized to other sciences (hypothesis, verification, classification, analysis and interpretation)?

  • What are the fundamentals and the vocabulary specific to archaeology (stratigraphy, artifact, feature, survey, testing, excavation, mapping, cataloging, lithics, ceramics, etc.)?

  • What research ethics means and the vital role it plays in archeology.

  • What techniques of historical research are used by archaeologist and what venues of data are available today.

  • What it means to be "me", meaning how their own culturally constructed ideas of self and of the environment in which they live in, are shaped by our nonrenewable cultural heritage.

Girls participating in the pilot program will:

  • expand their knowledge not only of archaeology, science and the humanities, but also learn about career opportunities that they may not have imagined;

  • learn more about technology and gain hands-on experience with use of the Internet; and,

  • have fun in a hands-on, girl-centered, interactive learning environment.

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