Let's journey into South Park's archaeology together!
Photo courtesy Jessica Ericson, South Park, 2017.
History has a unique way of connecting us to our roots, offering a glimpse into the lives and innovations of those who came before us. From ancient civilizations to local communities, the remnants of the past hold stories that are waiting to be uncovered. South Park, with its rich heritage and historical significance, stands as a living testament to this idea. Through engaging events and online initiatives, South Park Site Stewards and South Park National Heritage Area are making history come alive for everyone, creating educational yet exhilarating experiences.
Curiosity often leads us to the wonders of the past, and that's exactly what Community Connections LLC, in collaboration with South Park National Heritage Area and South Park Site Stewards, is enabling with our new online program! South Park Stone Tools: A Global Connection, dives deep into the world of ancient stone tools. Aiming to captivate minds from 5th to 8th grade and beyond. This resource promises insights into the stone tools not only in South Park but across the globe. It's an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage that shape our world today!
PSsssstttT! In case you missed it, we also partnered with South Park Site Stewards to create a program in 2022. Click to access South Park Obsidian - Unearthing the past: The Story of Obsidian
But the journey doesn't stop there. We're just getting started!
In July 2022, South Park Site Stewards and South Park National Heritage Area took the excitement from screens to reality with their Archaeology Day event. Hosted on the front lawn of the Courthouse in Fairplay, Colorado, this event was a day filled with adventure! After the resounding success of the inaugural Archaeology Day, South Park Site Stewards is looking forward to hosting Archaeology Day every year! From ancient artifacts on display, experiencing the art of crafting stone tools - called flint knapping! - to throwing an atlatl, and even witnessing an exploding volcano, the event surpasses traditional learning to offer an unforgettable experience for all ages!
A short video showcasing some of the activities at Archaeology Day 2023.
The most recent Archaeology Day on July 8th marked the second annual celebration hosted by South Park Site Stewards, and the enthusiasm was unmistakable. It's not just about archaeology; it's about fostering a sense of connection with history and heritage and sharing that with the community. The event is a testament to the South Park's commitment to bringing the past to life in a way that's educational, engaging, and incredibly enjoyable. Through initiatives like these, the community's understanding of their roots is deepened, and the appreciation for the heritage is nurtured.
Jessica and Jasmine from Community Connections throwing the atlatl at the Archaeology Day 2023.
For those who might have missed the Archaeology Day's excitement, there's no need to fret! That's why South Park Site Stewards and South Park National Heritage Area offer digital solutions. The online programming offers a treasure trove of information about South Park's history. Delve into the world of obsidian in the region or uncover the stories of ancient hunter-gatherers and their mastery of stone tools.
And the best part? It's all absolutely free! By becoming a member at Community Connections LLC, you gain access to an array of captivating content that transports you back in time.
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As this year's Archaeology Day wrapped up, the anticipation for next year's event is already building. Marking calendars for the beginning of July is a must because it promises an experience that's nothing short of epic. The journey into history, the excitement of discoveries, and the joy of unforgettable moments – all await in the upcoming years. Make sure you follow us on social media so you can stay up to date on all the exciting events!
South Park's commitment to uncovering history and heritage is an inspiration! Through engaging programs, events like Archaeology Day, and a literal repository of knowledge they are bridging the gap between the past and the present.
We'll post more in an upcoming blog on our visit to the South Park repository in a "behind-the-scenes" look at how we created the program South Park Stone Tools. Make sure you subscribe to get notified!
The efforts of Community Connections LLC, South Park Site Stewards, and South Park National Heritage Area are a testament to the idea that history isn't confined to textbooks – it's a living, breathing narrative that shapes our identities and connects us to our roots. So, let's celebrate history, embrace heritage, and look forward to more exciting adventures in the years to come!
Jasmine (left) and Jess (right)
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Jasmine & Jess (J&J) 🌳
➡️ In our next blog we'll talk about all our fieldwork this season at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre!