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Time Traveler Basic Archaeology Training Events


This is a three-hour class with shovel test practicum that will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:


•       Saturday, June 10th 1:00 pm at the Judge Morris Estate at White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, DE.


•       Sunday, June 11th 1:00 pm at the Nature Center at Killens Pond State Park, Felton, DE


            Wednesday, June 21st - Testing at the “Mystery Structure” – 10:00 to 3:00 –     White Clay      Creek State Park



•       Friday August 4th 6:00 pm at the Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, DE


The class is suitable for teens and adults with an interest in archaeology, regardless of experience level.  Children as young as 10 years are allowed on a case-by-case basis, but anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 


The class covers the following topics:


•       Archaeological ethics


•       Nature of the archaeological record in this region and basic archaeology terms


•       Site identification/discovery techniques


•       Site evaluation techniques


•       Excavation techniques (Overview)


•       What happens after the Dig (Overview)


Upon completion, attendees will be recognized as a full Time Traveler with the embroidered Time Traveler Logo patch! 


Repeat attendance to get a refresher is permitted.  However, space is limited at each event, so early registration is advised.  Contact John McCarthy to register or for additional information at john.mccarthy@state.de.us or 302-739-9188






John P. McCarthy, RPA


Cultural Preservation Specialist

(Archaeologist/Architectural Historian)

Cultural Resources Unit

DNREC - State Parks and Recreation

152 S. State Street

Dover, DE 19901

Direct Dial (302) 739-9188

Mobile (302) 387-9785

Become a Time Traveler!


Time Travelers are members of the public who volunteer their time and talents to assist the professional archaeologists and historians working in State Parks with research projects to study and protect our cultural heritage. Sound exciting? It is!

Each newly qualified Time Traveler will receive a one-year membership in the Archaeological Society of Delaware (ASD) which includes its quarterly newsletter, Inksherds, and annual journal, the Bulletin. The ASD provides many additional educational and hands-on archaeological opportunities for its members.

Ready to join? Terrific! The first step is to register as a State Parks volunteer by visiting http://destateparks.com/volunteers/to-apply.asp Follow the link for “Individual or Group Volunteer,” indicate that you are an individual volunteer, fill in your personal details, and in the “Why are you interested in volunteering?” box indicate that you are interested in being a “New Time Traveler” and the date of the training you would like to attend. You will be contacted to confirm your registration in the class and additional information as to how to dress and what to bring on the training day will be provided. Space in each training session is limited.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING about Time Travelers! Read the Blog written by Society for Historical Archaeology (2016 June)

ARCH (Archaeology Cultural and Heritage Field Days)

May is coming and in addition to being Archaeology Month in Delaware and Historic Preservation Month nationally, it’s ArCH Days!


You may recall that ArCH is the program held on the Green in Dover highlighting the arts, history, and preservation for 4th grade students.  Cultural and historic organizations from around the state offer a short demonstration, lesson, or activity to the students.  


Once again, the ASD and the Time Travelers program of Delaware State Parks are working together.  This year the focus will be on change over time: comparing a mid-19th century ceramic soup plate with modern plastic plates and bowls to talk about change in diet and eating habits as well as vessel type and material.  We will also talk about changes in how people dress using the example of the people depicted in the decoration on the soup plate.  We expect approximately 1,400 students this year (there were about 900 last year)


ASD members and Time Travelers are needed to assist with running the station.  ArCH Days this year are Mondays May, 1, 8, and 15, with the 22nd as a rain make-up day.  Contact John McCarthy at john.mccarthy@state.de.us for more details and to sign-up to help. 





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