Students from West Point Independent School Will participate in inquiry-based heritage project using archaeology to investigate the history of their school and their community. This project will engage students in real world learning, using their community as their classroom and help connect them to a better understanding of their community. Furthermore, the products of their project will extend beyond the school and benefit the community by helping the local museum and presenting information that can help change negative perceptions of their community.
The project will be focused on an archaeological investigation of the school’s grounds to locate and examine archaeological remains associated with Camp Knox and 19th century farm that were located there prior to the school’s construction. Students in 3rd through 8th grade will participate in various aspects of the project based on grade appropriateness. The investigation will be supervised by professional archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, an organization jointly administered by the University of Kentucky department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council, the state historic preservation office.
The project will take place over a period of one school year beginning in September. Project planning and development with the students and skill development will take place throughout September and October with field work beginning in late October. Fieldwork will last approximately two days. During the winter months November-February lab work will take place at the school and the local history museum, students will collect historical documents and information, analyze artifacts, and begin planning project dissemination, including the exhibit, presentation, and public events. In early spring (March-April), students will design and develop the dissemination products. At this time they will develop a survey/questionnaire to accompany dissemination products. In early May the students will hold a public archaeology event, give presentations, open exhibit, and/or release website and administer surveys/questionnaires. Over the remainder of the school year, students will compile and analyze the results of the survey/questionnaire and report the findings in a brief report.