Campus: Sonoma State University -- May 19, 2003
Excel Students Will Help Unearth Fort Ross Fur
Warehouse In Archaeological Project on Jun 7-8
Sonoma State University's EXCEL students will thrust back through time as
they assist local archeologists in the reconstruction of the early 19th-century
Russian fur warehouse at the historic Fort Ross in northern California.
The students will camp over on the site, located west of Highway 1 near
Jenner, on June 7 and 8 as they work with professional archaeologists.
Leading the eager young discoverers is Michael Newland, a staff archeologist
from the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU, and the Crew Supervisor for
the Fort Ross project. The Department of Parks and Recreation contracted
SSU's Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) to assist in the reconstruction
from May 27 through June 13.
In the summer of 2002, Newland taught an intensive class in archaeology to a
group of students, ages ranging from 8-13 years old, through the EXCEL
program at SSU. "I threw everything in the book at my students last summer
and they tore right through the material. I was completely surprised at how
sharp and capable they were," said Newland.
This unique opportunity to scope out the Fort Ross project is a gift to
remember. "It's really going to be an amazing experience -- to use the
techniques we learned, to get dirty, and to start digging," said Elena
Hoffnagle, 13-year-old EXCEL alumni.
Newland said, "I want to give these kids, who have already expressed a
strong interest in archaeology, the chance to do the real thing This
experience will expand their training and engage them with the past."
The EXCEL Program give students entering the fourth through tenth grades an
opportunity to attend accelerated enrichment courses. This three-time
award-winning program for youth gives enthusiastic students the opportunity
to explore their interests in depth by professionals and mentors.
For further information, contact Mike Newland, Anthropological Studies
Center, (707) 664-2734.
Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057