Each day of an Earthwatch teen expedition offers a balance of hands-on research and the chance to explore your surroundings and get to know the scientists and your teammates. Your team is led not only by professional researchers but also by at least one Earthwatch facilitator, who will always be around to help you get the most out of your experience.
On most days you’ll work at the dig site, which has beautiful views of the surrounding mesas and mountains. Wielding a hand trowel, broom, or screen, you’ll help unearth artifacts, which may include pieces of pottery, stone tools, and animal bones. You may also help with remote sensing surveys to identify areas where something interesting might be beneath the ground. Remote sensing tools give archaeologists an idea of features under the surface without having to dig first.
Back at the lab, you’ll help wash, sort, and label the artifacts you’ve helped collect - perhaps the most important part of strong archaeological research. In the evenings, you’ll hear from the researchers about all sorts of topics related to Southwestern archaeology.
When you’re not at work, you’ll enjoy the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. With your teammates and facilitator(s), you’ll sample some local cuisine and visit some of the area’s many rich historical sites, which might include Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.