24 June, 2001
I would like to cover many subjects in the next 6 weeks. The excavation, the people of Wales, my team, the weather, the animals, and as much as possible about any impacts on the history of Wales are vital to this journal.
I am not sure what to expect as I begin my travels, but I sincerely hope to learn a great deal and to be able to bring this experience back to my students and colleagues. Learning about the history of Wales and the people is very important. One of my goals is to be able to communicate with the school in Wales once I return home. Students from Wales as well as Butterfield could learn about each other's lives, traditions, and cultures.
I want to be able to learn and to teach my students what archaeology is, what this excavation means, and why it is so important. I think a brief biography of each of my team would help my readers learn about the many different aspects of archaeology. And last but not least, I would like to add some brief facts about some of the animals that have an impact on the people of Wales.
Anthropology is the main subject with subdivisions. The subdivision is archaeology, linguistics, physical, and cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropology is the study of modern people, their traditions, customs, and beliefs. Cultural also studies the history, in this instance, how Europeans affected the Native peoples of Alaska. What was it like before they came to the region? How did their culture change the people? What did it do to the whaling?
Physical anthropology is the study of humans, the evolution of humans. Linguistics is the study of languages and how people are affected by change. Archaeology id the reconstructing of the past.
We will be excavating 3 main sites, with a test site also being excavated once we reach Wales. This will take several weeks. There is a great deal to be done to reach many objectives.
Why was Wales so important a village? What was their hunting like? How did whaling impact their lives?
People lived here many centuries ago. What was life like? What did they do? How did they hunt? How did their technology change to help them? What were families like? What were the children like? How did the coming of Europeans change life for these people? There was a great change, how did it happen? Was it for the better? We are searching for many answers.
I want to teach my students about the science involved in the excavation at Wales (Kingagen). We will be collecting data, analyzing the data, and hopefully coming to some conclusion about our findings as a result of the data. We may not come to a conclusion ,but that is ok. We will have more questions to aks and new paths to journey upon.
I hope my journal will tell of my experience with archaeology, and the people of Wales.
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