Archaeology Summer Camps

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We are now accepting applications for our 2015 camp season!

 

Ready to get your hands dirty?
Participate in one of our Archaeology Adventurers summer camps in NC!

“It’s been really exciting because you’re finding things that no one has ever seen before… it’s like a little piece of the past.” Samantha Baker, 9th grade

“We experienced hands-on activities and worked as though we were actual archaeologists. I just loved getting my hands dirty and working with others discovering historical treasures. It was an opportunity that I will always remember. I am looking forward to attending the camp every summer throughout high school!”
 Katherine Matthews, 12th grade

 

 

Elementary and Middle-School Camps

Elementary and middle-school campers work with professional archaeologists to uncover the buried remains of a 16th-century Spanish colony that mysteriously disappeared more than 400 years ago.  They also explore the ancient history of North Carolina’s native cultures through hands-on activities, excavation, artifact analysis, ancient technology demonstrations, experiments, and more.

Overnight campers stay in our air-conditioned field house with bunk beds and bathrooms. Most meals are prepared on the premises; dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.

 

2-day Camp (rising 3rd-5th graders)

Dates: July 9-10, 2015

Camp Fees: $140 for overnight campers; $100 for day campers

 

3-Day Camp (rising 5th-7th graders)

Dates: July 6-8, 2015 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 5)

Camp Fees: $340 for overnight campers; $250 for day campers

 

Five-Day Camps (rising 6th-9th graders)

Session 1 Dates: July 13-17, 2015 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 12)

Session 2 Dates: July 20-24, 2015 (overnight campers check in the evening of July 19)

Camp Fees: $550 for overnight campers; $400 for day campers

 

High School Camps

High-school campers work alongside professional archaeologists in the field and lab to unlock the mysteries of archaeological sites around North Carolina. Guest lectures expose campers to some of the specialized subdisciplines within archaeology.

 

Five-Day Camp (rising 8th-12th graders)

Campers in this session explore the mysteries of Town Creek Indian Mound in Mt. Gilead, NC and other nearby archaeological attractions. Dr. Tony Boudreaux of East Carolina University will lead the excavations. Dr. Boudreaux is the foremost expert on Town Creek.

Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins at Morrow Mountain State Park. Most meals are prepared on the premises; dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.

Dates: June 22-26, 2015 (overnight campers check in the afternoon of June 21)

Camp Fees: $600 for overnight campers; $425 for day campers

 

Six-Day Camp (rising 8th-12th graders)

Campers in this session explore the mysteries of the Berry site near Morganton, NC and the ill-fated Spanish colony that persisted there for 18 months. On Wednesday and Thursday, Dr. Jane Eastman of Western Carolina University will join us for an overnight excursion to Cherokee, NC and other nearby archaeological attractions. Dr. Eastman is an expert on Cherokee archaeology.

With the exception of the overnight trip to Cherokee, campers stay in the Exploring Joara Foundation’s air-conditioned field house with bunk beds and bathrooms. Most meals are prepared on the premises; dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.

Dates: August 3-8, 2015 (overnight campers check in the evening of August 2)

Camp Fees: $725 for overnight campers; $575 for day campers

 

Discounts

We offer a 15% discount for campers attending multiple camps. We also offer a 10% discount for siblings, regardless of whether they choose the same session or not.

 

Enrollment Information and Forms

To enroll in one of our camps, download the appropriate forms below. We recommend that you return your application quickly to secure your enrollment. Please email camps@exploringjoara.org or call 919-749-5212 if you have any questions. We hope to see you this summer!

2015 Archaeology Adventurers Application

2015 Emergency Contact and Medical Form

Mail Applications and Emergency Contact and Medical Forms to:

Dr. Theresa Shebalin
3611 University Dr., Apt. 16G
Durham, NC 27707 

Questions? Contact camps@exploringjoara.org or 919-749-5212

 

Camp Staff

Dr. Theresa McReynolds Shebalin directs the Archaeology Explorers and Archaeology Adventurers camps.  She is a middle school science teacher in Durham, North Carolina.  Dr. Shebalin has a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina.

John Krebs is the Staff Archaeologist for the Exploring Joara Foundation.  He is currently completing his M.A. in Anthropology, focusing on Historical Archaeology through the University of West Florida where he received his B.A. in Anthropology.

Additional camp staff includes archaeologists affiliated with the Exploring Joara Foundation. The camper to staff ratio is approximately 5:1.

 

The Berry Site

To learn more about the significance of the Berry site and the archaeological work being done, check out the following recent articles:

New York Times, July 23, 2013: Fort Tells of Spain’s Early Ambitions

Our State: A City, Beneath