Representatives from the University of Arkansas- Arkansas Archaeological Survey came to Lavaca Public Schools on Thursday and spent time with the 3rd and 4th grade classes as well as the Middle School GT Program students.
Ms. Mel Zabecki and Tim Mulvihill provided students with hands on activities simulating the process of becoming an archaeologist, what archaeologists look for and how they interpret artifacts, as well as learning how archaeologist map and graph areas to dig. They were also treated to a slideshow displaying dig sites from all over the world.
Additionally, students were given the privilege of hands-on exploration of artifacts from all over the state that included Indian arrowheads, ax heads, bowls, and pottery as well as animal bones, pieces of glassware and china.
Students discussed the cultural background of each object and the people groups that used them in their settlement of the state of Arkansas. Students left the day with a deeper understanding of the state’s heritage as well as a greater respect for those who help preserve our past for future generations.