Historic Resources hosts Archaeology and History Day

By Juanita Whiddon, Archives and Historical Resources Coordinator

On Saturday, February 26, Tall Timbers hosted our second annual Archaeology and History Day (commonly referred to by participants as “Dig Day”). Twenty Leon County middle-school students had a chance to tour the Jones Family Tenant Farm and talk with former tenant farm family members, Richard Jones and Gerri Jones Thompson about life on a Red Hills tenant farm in the 1940s. The students also had a chance to excavate at the project site under the supervision of project archaeologist, Ross Morrell. The group was divided into three teams so everyone had a chance for “hands-on” participation. Each group was encouraged to make comparisons of tenant farm life in the 1940s to urban and suburban life in 2012. The final comparison was a sample of a typical tenant family meal, before the group was treated to 21st century hamburgers and hotdogs. Activities like this would be impossible without good volunteers. We had 10 great ones help with "Dig Day". We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Dig Day Album

Ross Morrell discusses archaeology


Digging at the pit

Students with Delbra McGriff at interpretive exhibit


Delbra McGriff and Richard Jones with students

Students enjoy lunch



Dig Day group on trailer

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