Message #200

Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998
Subject: Boy Scout/Girl Scout Archaeology Merit Badge

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From: Allen Dart


Late last year Old Pueblo Archaeology Center began
planning and developing an exciting new program to
extend our educational outreach efforts: a special
internship that enables Boy Scouts of America and
Girl Scouts of America to complete all of the
requirements they need for earning Scouting's
prestigious new Archaeology Merit Badge.

Designed by professional archaeologists, the
Archaeology Merit Badge program is surprisingly
thorough in teaching Scouts ages 12 to 18 about
archaeology. Old Pueblo is the first archaeology
education organization in Arizona to offer an
Archaeology Merit Badge program registered with the
State Historic Preservation Office. In April 1998 we
enrolled our first Boy Scouts in our Archaeology
Merit Badge program.

In order to qualify for the Archaeology Merit Badge
through Old Pueblo, a Scout participates in
archaeological fieldwork at the Sabino Canyon Ruin
nd spends time in our archaeological laboratory
helping prepare artifacts for analysis, storage, or
display. Most importantly, most of the 50 hands-on
internship hours are spent on activities other than
archaeological fieldwork, so the Scout gains a
broader perspective on what archaeology is all about.

With Old Pueblo, Scouts must do research on four
archaeological sites in the U.S. (one of which is
the Sabino Canyon Ruin). They also read up on
Arizona's historical Tohono O'odham Indians so that
they can form ideas about the kinds of artifacts and
cultural features that would likely be found if one
were to excavate a Tohono O'odham archaeological site.

Old Pueblo also teaches the Scouts why it is important
to protect archaeological sites and instructs them in
hands-on techniques for conducting archaeological
fieldwork as well as artifact identification and
examination. They learn about archaeological dating
techniques, the importance of archaeological research
questions to guide excavations, and archaeological
collection and recording ethics, and how
archaeological information is interpreted, preserved,
and shared with the public.

Finally, they apply their knowledge by helping Old
Pueblo's archaeologists teach children about
archaeology in sessions at our OPEN1 mock
archaeological dig site, helping construct
archaeology exhibits, and making a presentation to
their troop, school, or another group.


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