Archaeology HighSchool Summer Program...

Archaeology HighSchool Summer Program: Please Explain!

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Mooresville, NC

#1 May 19, 2012
Below is a description of a course our son will be taking at a residential camp for high school students, held at a local university. This is a state funded program for 'gifted' students, to expose them to various aspects of science and math. He was place, as one of his courses, in the course below which will meet 6 mornings per week, for 4 weeks:
"This course provides students the opportunity to learn basic archaeological field techniques such as excavation, remote sensing, surveying, mapping, data recording, and preliminary laboratory procedures, as well as the reasoning that guides their use. This year's project will be investigating an early colonial/late prehistoric Indian site. Students will excavate shovel tests to determine the extent of the site as well as a couple of larger excavation units to assess the site's stratigraphy."

QUESTION: Can you tell us in plain terms what he will be doing? Is it interactive and fun or rather tedious? Is there any inddor lab work or does it mean outddors, digging most of the time? He has heard that the professor running it is a favorite of college students at the campus and as such is hoping it will be engaging. But for a total novice, does this type of class sound 'appealing'?

Thanks for for the help!

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