Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Around the Bend Nature Tours through Sarasota Bay Estuary PIER Program

Contact: John Freeman
941 794-8773

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info: $150 per guide for up to 15 students

Max. Capacity: 50

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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This field study is available at Phillippi Estate Park or Bay Preserve in Osprey. Humans always leave behind traces of themselves. Analyzing the things people forget or discard and the things they preserve for others, archaeologists recover the stories of those who came before. Digging in the dirt is a part of archaeological research. But it is only one part of a much larger process. The process begins long before a shovel is put to the ground, and it generally begins with a question about how people lived in the past.  To answer that question, the archaeologist must review archival records, historical maps, and oral histories; prepare research plans and seek permit approvals. When one excavates, it is not for things, but to record the entire biological, geographic, and human environment. And when excavation is completed, a long stage of critical analysis and reporting begins. It is only by doing good archaeology that we can hope to expand our understanding of a rich and complex past.

Archaeological field trips help students learn what happens during the archaeological process before a shovel turns dirt.  They are introduced to the difficulties of interpreting historical maps, practice measuring and mapping techniques, and interpret stratigraphy and the importance of archaeological context. Students are encouraged to think about what artifacts can tell us about the past.

  • Students will interpret stratigraphy and discuss the importance of context for learning about people in the past.
  • Students will understand that detailed observation and accurate recording are part of the excavation process.
  • Students will explore the importance of material culture (artifacts and other stuff people have made) and practice different systems of classification.
  • Students will discuss preservation and protection of archaeological resources

IN SCHOOL OPTION: Ask us about the option to bring dig boxes to your school!


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