子供にも海洋考古学を教えてます

さて、あまり海洋考古学の発見とは関係ありませんが、こんなニュースを発見しました。

フロリダ州のとある団体が主催する子供のための夏休みキャンプ合宿のお話です。このキャンプでは地域の歴史を知ってもらうためさまざまなイベントが開催されます。昔の遊びなどから、考古学遺物の整理、など、さらには水中ビデオカメラなどを使った水中の探索も行うそうです。

対象は7-12歳。子供の頃にやはり水中・海洋考古学に直接触れることができるのはすばらしいことだと思います。日本の学校などでも「水中考古学」という学問があることを教えていただければよいですね。子供の頃に見たもの聞いたものは直接覚えていなくてもなんらかの形で将来の進路に大きく影響する可能性があるものだと思います。

DeBARY — -It’s not often that kids get the chance to dig for buried artifacts, search for sunken ships and churn their own ice cream in a single week.

But those are just a few of the activities that kids 7 though 12 years old can explore at “Adventures in Time,” the first of four week-long camps taking place this summer at DeBary Hall.

Three other camps, “Invention Convention,” “Life Around Here” and “Game Quest” will give kids the opportunity to learn about technology from the late 1800s, Florida’s environment and games past and present.

DeBary Hall Education Coordinator Lynn Taylor said she hopes the camps will inspire kids to learn more about local history.

“I love teaching the kids because they are the future,” she said. “You can teach a child anything if you’re enthusiastic.”

“Adventures in Time” will turn the young learners into archaeologists with a dig behind the historic mansion, where Taylor said artifacts from the 1800s have been found.

Professional archaeologists will supervise the kids as they sift for pottery, kitchen utensils and other items that likely are buried behind the historic hunting estate built by Frederick deBary beginning in the 1870s.

“I thought it would be so exciting if the kids could dig and then share it with the public,” Taylor said as she zipped around the grounds pointing out dig sites and relics of the past. “This is history in the making.”

Campers also will canoe on Lake Monroe with Sierra Club volunteers to search for the remains of one of deBary’s steamships. Using an underwater video camera, the students will search the murky waters for clues about the ill-fated Fannie Dugan.

“Invention Convention” will explore “high-tech” inventions that were incorporated into the 130-year-old home, including a mechanism that allowed deBary to summon servants without the use of electricity. Kids also will compare early and modern gizmos and create their own inventions.

Young explorers can learn about Florida’s natural habitat during “Life Around Here.” Activities will include lessons on native wildlife, building owl boxes and making homemade ice cream using hand-picked blueberries.

The final camp, “Game Quest,” will give kids the chance to play games from the past such as pick-up sticks, as well as team activities designed to teach cooperation.

The week will be capped by a trip to Wonder Works in Orlando to check out the latest high-tech games.

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