Volunteers at the Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge,
are busy preparing two raised archeology beds in their museum’s backyard
in anticipation of “STONES & BONES”, a children’s archaeological dig
for Grades 2-6 scheduled for Thursday, August 8,
10 .a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration required. Limited enrollment.
A $ 5.00 donation per child is requested for Society members,
$10.00 donation per child for non-members.
Call George Sherman at 201-664-7924.
Children will learn how to become “history detectives” when they are taught
basic archeological techniques by New Jersey licensed volunteer teachers:
Carol Riccardo of Woodcliff Lake, George Sherman of Westwood
and Marie Hennesey of Park Ridge.
The goals of the program are to teach “thinking skills” such as analysis, reasoning
and evaluation in an outdoor fun environment. Discovery games will be played.
New Jersey’s official state dinosaur is the Hadrosaurus Foulkii, a duck-billed creature
that roamed the forests and swamps of New Jersey. It stood 10 feet tall, weighed up to
eight tons and was 25 feet in length. Youngsters will see and be able to handle
real dinosaur gastrolites (gizzard balls), believed to be from the Hadrosaurus, that
were excavated by a professional archaeologist in Woodcliff Lake many years ago.
Each child will have an individual area to excavate at the dig side. They will find
numerous artifacts and learn about “superpositioning”, the order in which sedimentary
strata are superposed one above another. The young archaeologists will document and
draw their findings as they discover each buried treasure. At the end of the day they will
create an exhibit of their work for their parents to enjoy.
Attendees are asked to wear old clothes, bring a hat, working gloves and a
towel to use as a kneeling pad. Light refreshments will be served.
For further information about the Society and its activities log onto
www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org or call to 201-573-0307.