Tweens Can Learn About and Perform Archaeological Digs This Summer

Archaeologists look at stuff†: all the junk people make, modify, use, and discard, like tools,

buildings, ships, monuments, roads, clothing, or even the landscape itself. They try to find out a

little bit more about how people lived, whether in faraway lands or right here in our backyard.

Sounds an awful lot like your 13 year old, doesn’t it?

That’s why the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society (GWBHS) and the Detroit Center for

Public Archaeology (DCPA) have come together to offer tweens the opportunity to get their

hands dirty and learn about the history of their community, inspiring them to think about the stuff

they use and play with on a regular basis.

“GWBHS is excited to bring archaeology learning opportunities to the community with classes

based at the Orchard Lake Museum,” explained Gina Gregory, President of GWBHS. “American

Indian artifacts have been found in this area and learning about archaeology in a handson

setting in our own backyard is rewarding.”

Our community’s shared history doesn’t belong to one person or even to a group of people; it

belongs to all human beings. These classes are meant to teach tweens the importance of

preservation and the fun that can be had by exploring our history.

“We use handson

activities to explore not only archaeology, but the life ways of the earlier

people archaeologists study,” explained Liam Collins of Detroit Center for Public Archaeology.

“What makes us different is we focus on archaeology that is literally happening in YOUR


Studying archaeology in school is important to having a career, but archaeologists don’t have to

have a lot of fancy degrees to do what they do; anyone can be an archaeologist! This class

gives tweens a taste of this interesting world.

“All you have to have is some basic training in the correct way to explore the hidden past and a

desire to share that past with everyone,” Collins said. “We get your tweens onsite of some

actual archaeology going on in your community.”

Archeologists have to know a little bit about a lot of fields. It’s the perfect opportunity for

someone who likes: biology, medicine, architecture, chemistry, engineering, geology, physics,

art, history, philosophy, linguistics, astronomy, logic, math, botany, zoology, or conservation.