Dig Into The Past with The Institute

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WAYNESBORO- Exploring the secrets of a 200-year-old homestead and how its environment influenced early settlers is the focus of a new program offered by The Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Presented in partnership with Little Antietam Creek, Inc., “Archaeology, Geology and the Environment: Exploration on the Stoner Farm,” is part of The Institute’s series of Discover programs for students in grades 5–12 (ages 10 to 17). 

Students will join Institute educators and LACI archaeologists to “dig into the past” at the historic Stoner Farm, an active, working archaeological site in Waynesboro. 

Archaeologists Scott Parker and Trent Carbaugh, along with other LACI instructors, will lead students to discover the why, what, and how of archaeology, including how artifacts are processed and what they can tell us about how the Stoners lived.  

Hands-on activities include digging and working with artifacts, testing the properties of limestone and soil, looking for new dig sites using remote sensing, and learning how limestone is cut and mortar is made.  

Institute educators, Pam Rowland, Bruce Rowland, and Beth Skroban will explore the history, geography, geology and environment of the farm. Students will discover why the Stoners built in this spot, and how they used the natural resources around them (soil, trees, rocks, water, and vegetation). In addition, they will examine the rock used to construct the buildings on the property. 

The program fee is $20 for members of The Institute and $25 for the general public. Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 29. Enrollment limited to 20. Registration link at www.natureandcultureinstitute.org. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email info@natureandcultureinstitute.org