Archeology Students Teach Kids Science Behind Excavation

Augustana archeology students had the chance to show area kids the science behind archeological excavations earlier this month at the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons' Big Event, held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The event, which marked its third anniversary this year, is designed to encourage girls of all ages to explore areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in fun and interesting ways.

The Augustana student organizers, including members of the College's Anthropology Club, along with Dr. Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory, set up a mini excavation site and encouraged girls to "dig in the dirt" for some real-life experience.

"This is an opportunity for us to exhibit the science of archeology and to show how we, as archeologists, undertake excavations," Hannus said. "We've set up an artificial excavation here with fun artifacts to collect. It's really a way for us to demonstrate the science behind the field anthropology and archeology."

Augustana senior Jordon Dobrowski (Burnsville, Minnesota) helped organize the event.

"Our main goal is that we really want to encourage kids to think that when you go out into the field and you've found something, like an arrowhead, that it's better to contact people than to just start collecting things yourself ... and the fact that this is a field that girls can pursue," she said.