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Magic School Bus? Please, We Have An ArchaeoBus

Kelly Vislocky is next in our student series. She shares the ArchaeoBus’ most recent visit to our fair city.

Magic School Bus? Please, We Have An ArchaeoBus

After coming to school in a historic city like Savannah and walking around downtown Savannah, the feel of the city is amazing. The historical layout and city buildings are breathtaking. You can tell that history is important to the community, which is why archaeology is important as well. Reaching out to that community is important as well, and the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s philosophy is to start them young with the ArchaeoBus.

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is a non-profit organization that “promotes the identification, investigation, preservation and protection of archaeological sites and resources throughout the state of Georgia.” One of the ways they do this is through the ArchaeoBus. The ArchaeoBus is a mobile classroom that teaches kids all about archeology. The ArchaeoBus travels around Georgia and on occasion to other states in the Southeast bringing interactive enrichment programs to different schools and communities. The ArchaeoBus offers a variety of programs from school presentations, scout programs, teacher workshops, and library programs. The ArchaeoBus also offers informal programs without presentations where people can come and experience at their own pace. One example of this is the March 24 Forsyth Farmer’s Market in downtown Savannah, where the ArchaeoBus made a stop to bring archaeology to the Savannah community.

ArchaeoBus

The ArchaeoBus was featured as the Forsyth Farmer’s Market Community Spotlight on March 24, 2018. (Photo credit: Dr. Virginia Estabrook)

Another feature of the ArchaeoBus, which I found incredible clever and adorable, is Abby’s Diary. The ArchaeoBus has a persona named Abby. On the Society for Georgia Archeology website Abby (the ArchaeoBus) keeps a diary of all her adventures. It is filled with pictures and updates on where Abby (the ArchaeoBus) has been and what she’s been up to. The diary is in a simple, narrative format that is easy to read and engaging for people and archeologist of all ages. The ArchaeoBus is an awesome form of public outreach to help educate and engage people, especially kids, about archeology and the rich history of Georgia.

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Digging Savannah Events for Fall 2014

Upcoming Digging Savannah Events for the Fall of 2014:

October 25
Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah: Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. The tour starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 3pm. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.

November 1
Skidaway Island Guided Hike: Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th centuryThe hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head at 3pm and is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets or RSVP at Eventbrite.com.

November 6
Distinguished archaeologist Dr. David Hurst Thomas will be speaking about his work on St. Catherines Island. Encompassing nearly 40 years of work, Dr. Thomas has excavated Native American sites 5,000 years old through to the 16th century Spanish mission, Santa Catalina de Guale. Bishop Hartmayer will introduce Dr. Thomas and speak about the importance of archaeology and the Spanish mission site. The lecture will take place at Benedictine Military School at 6pm.
Many thanks to our co-sponsor, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.

Fall 2014 Digging Savannah Poster

Fall 2014 Digging Savannah Poster

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Spring 2014 public programs

Digging Savannah will be offering three public walking tours, and the ArchaeoBus will be returning for two days.  More detailed information is available in Upcoming Programs.

February 22 and April  5- Skidaway Island Guided Hike

Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Native Americans to moonshiners. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the hike, which starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets here.

March 15- Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah

Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the tour, which starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 2pm. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to diggingsavannah@gmail.com or via the Facebook event site.

The ArchaeoBus

The ArchaeoBus will be returning to Savannah! On February 28, Abby the ArchaeoBus will be on  the Armstrong campus (10am-4pm). Armstrong students and home school students are particularly encouraged to attend. Then on March 1, the ArchaeoBus will be in the Savannah Mall, free and open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

Abby the Archaeobus, a creation of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, is a former bookmobile retrofitted with archaeology hands-on activities. Abby travels throughout the state, visiting school groups, giving presentations, and even touring the State Fair!

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