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We had heard some rumors about the recent winds uncovering some pottery nearby in Kashi Woods… So on a misty, foggy afternoon, the family trekked out in our backyard (adjacent to Roosevelt National Forest) to take a look.

Here’s Satori, armed with a basket to hold any artifacts set out on the hike.

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Hmm… nothing yet…

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Ooh, what was that?

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Jackpot! We found lots of pottery pieces scattered about.

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As the archaeologists got back to their lab, David and Satori attempted to glue the pieces back together.

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Parents: To do this little project, I found a chipped bowl in the basement that we never used. Also another cheap bowl to add some variety. I gently broke the bowls, but the first one I wasn’t so gentle and it broke into  hundreds of pieces. Don’t slam a clay bowl on your concrete garage floor! 😉 Oh well, archaeologists rarely find complete artifacts and fossils… Then I pre-placed them in the forest behind our house for our family to “discover”!

Satori worked on her Dig Real Fossils Kit the past 2 days and we’ve uncovered all four fossils.

Here’s our fossil kit as it came to us, some tools and the block in this tube.

Our new Fossil Dig Kit

Our new Fossil Dig Kit

The sand brick was very quite hard, so we added our own pick and some goggles. Caution, don’t do this on a porch with cracks, you might lose a fossil!

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We wised up and continued our dig on a table. Here you can see the beginning of a fossil being uncovered.

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Here’s our 4 fossils we excavated! This photo deserved to be taken with my macro lens, so I took a careful picture to show the detail. Introducing our ammonite shell, brachiopod shell, shark tooth and squid shell!

Our 4 fossils!

Our 4 fossils!

Today Satori performed an archaeology dig on top of Mount Maddie (named after our dog) in the Colorado mountains. 🙂 It was a sunny, hot day with occasional gusty winds. To start off, we sectioned our dig, named the squares A1 to C3, total of 9 squares. Satori did very good keeping track of which square was which.

sectioning off our dig

sectioning off our dig

Here she digs in (or excavates) square C1! After she dug with her shovel, she would hand the sand to mom who would help sift, and Satori would brush off any artifacts found.

Excavating Square C3

Excavating Square C3

It is important to have a clean square in a real archaeology dig. Normally you would dig layer by layer. Here you can see the “walls” of the square, we used very moldable sand!

Neat squares

Neat squares

When we found any artifacts, they would go in a labeled artifact bag.

Artifacts from dig

Artifacts from dig

Our book showed tiny brown bags, which were so cute when they stood up and were easily labeled. But they were expensive compared to the thousands of zip bags I had for my business, so we only used one sample paper bag. 🙂

Labeled artifact bag

Labeled artifact bag

We charted our artifact finds and then discussed the “ancient” civilization of the peoples of Mount Maddie. What did they eat? What tools did they use? What did they do? We figured they were a pretty advanced civilization because we found a battery (they made their own power), a screwdriver (metal/plastic advanced tool), pencil (communication),  gold coin (used currency) and so on. They knew how to farm, as we found some corn. They liked to look pretty as we found a ring, an earring and a brush.

Artifact Description sheet

Artifact Description sheet

The next few days will be our kick-off to our Prehistory lessons. What better way to start than to learn what archaeology is?

the scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains, esp. those that have been excavated.

We read the book, Archaeologists Dig For Clues, discovered what archaeology is and what an archaeologist does, the terms artifacts, excavating, etc… Satori could not wait to start gathering supplies for her dig of a “mysterious” civilization!

Preparing our archaeology dig tools

Preparing our archaeology dig tools

Satori couldn’t resist poking our dirt, you can see her little fingerprints. 🙂

Dig dirt

Dig dirt

Tomorrow we will be digging in!