|Archaeology merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2006|
- 1. Tell what archaeology is and explain how it differs from anthropology, geology, paleontology, and history.
- 2. Describe each of the following steps of the archaeological process: site location, site excavation, artifact identification and examination, interpretation, preservation, and information sharing.
- 3. Describe at least two ways in which archaeologists determine the age of sites, structures, or artifacts. Explain what relative dating is.
- 4. Do TWO of the following:
- a. Learn about three archaeological sites located outside the United States.
- b. Learn about three archaeological sites located within the United States.
- c. Visit an archaeological site and learn about it.
- 5. Choose ONE of the sites you picked for Requirement 4 and give a short presentation about your findings to a Cub Scout pack, your Scout troop, your school class, or another group.
- 6. Do the following:
- a. Explain why it is important to protect archaeological sites.
- b. Explain what people should do if they think they have found an artifact.
- c. Describe the ways in which you can be a protector of the past.
- 7. Do ONE of the following:
- a. Make a list of items you would include in a time capsule. Discuss with your merit badge counselor what archaeologists a thousand years from now might learn from the contents of your capsule about you and the culture in which you live.
- b. Make a list of the trash your family throws out during one week. Discuss with your counselor what archaeologists finding that trash a thousand years from now might learn from it about you and your family.
- 8. Do ONE of the following:
- 9. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist or instructor, do ONE of the following:
- 10. Do ONE of the following:
- 11. Identify three career opportunities in archaeology. Pick one and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor what education and training are required, and explain why this profession might interest you.
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- 8a: Archaeological Digs A list of digs and tours currently in progress or planning.