Tintah, Traverse County
Archaeologists worked with local school children to excavate historic items from the National Register of Historic Places-listed District #44 school dumping site. The project’s purpose was to engage elementary students in a hands-on learning experience through formal archaeological excavation. This was achieved by teaching the importance of archaeology and history through excavation; revealing the hidden history and stories of the District #44 School; preserving artifacts from the school's past for future generations; and inspiring youth to become engaged in their community's heritage.
While all of the students were interested and excited to participate, several from each school showed great interest. Perhaps they might even consider a career in Archaeology Dig at District #44 School Taylor Township Tintah, Traverse County archaeology! The professional archaeologists from 10,000 Lakes Archaeology presented a detailed plan for the dig and visited the schools ahead of the event to educate the students and teachers about what to expect and proper work ethics at the dig site.
Local residents stopped by and asked questions about what the students were doing and finding. The dig will continue to be discussed each year with the local schools as they participate in activities at the school. Artifacts will be on loan to the history center. In the future, it may be possible to conduct another dig to continue to uncover remaining pieces of various items that were uncovered. One example would be to find the remaining pieces of an old crock water cooler that students found and reconstruct it.