US Archeology class practices surveying skills on King field

Students in Dr. Zoubek's Archeology class spent Tuesday morning conducting a field walk on the baseball field grass area to hone their skills in evaluating an area for excavation. Sidenote: this was only a test, the baseball field is not being excavated...don't worry Vikings! 

According to Dr. Zoubek, "Field walking is a method employed in archaeological survey to determine the presence of possible sites, and if detected, to get an idea of the site's area, cultural affiliation and density. Field walking may employ a grid system or a transect system. Our survey used two 40m long transects divided into 2m sections. As the students walk the transect they look over the area on either side of the transect line - about a meter off the line in either direction. Students collected and made note of the location of finds relative to where along the transect line things were found. In the second exercise we employed the "flag the artifact" method. In this type of survey, which is less formalized, the students walked a line again, but instead of meticulous measurement, they simply dropped flags wherever they observed artifacts. Field walking is the most common and cheapest way to do archaeological survey and is often used as a preliminary step to almost all subsequent archaeological excavations."

Dr. Zoubek's Archeology class is one of many courses in the Upper School that go beyond the scope of the Advanced Placement program. Other courses include Research and Development in Mathematics, the Sciences, and Engineering, as well as Multivariable Calculus, Introduction to Computational Chemistry, Genetics, and Philosophy.