Monday, October 21, 2013

Anthropology Students, Interns and Alumni brought Camp Aspen back for Summer 2013

Dr. Susan Dauria of the Anthropology department and Quest teamed up with the town of Bloomsburg again this past summer to offer an archaeology program known as Camp Aspen.

Anthropology interns Laurel Downs, Michael Grevera, and Natalie Wagner
created and developed curriculum and programming for the archaeology camp in 2012
This innovative program is an educational anthropological and archaeological experience developed using land owned by the town of Bloomsburg and equipment and facilities provided by Bloomsburg University. The purpose of the program has been to involve college students in the preparation, planning and execution of an archaeological and anthropological learning program for children by showing area youth how to do archaeological fieldwork, cultural resource management and anthropological analysis.

The locations for the camp included several archaeological sites along Fishing Creek in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

The children enjoy combining outdoor adventure with archaeology through the annual Camp Aspen, making each child feel like a real life "Indiana Jones." Over the years the artifacts found have included several lithic cores, arrowheads (lithic biface tools), sinkers, grinding tools, historic and prehistoric features, colonial pottery, metal tools and many flakes left from someone making stone tools thousands of years ago.

Support for this program has come from multiple offices including the College of Liberal Arts, the Anthropology department, the Quest office, URSCA grant funding and a grant from the Presidential Strategic Planning  intended to support key initiatives in the Bloomsburg University Strategic Plan, Impact 2015.

For more photos of the camp's activities, visit Bloomsburg's Facebook page.
For more information about Quest, visit their website.

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