Archaeology Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
 
 
 
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Archaeology Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Archaeology Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
 
 
Other Archaeology MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Archaeology Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Archaeology Merit Badge Workbook
 
Archaeology Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Archaeology MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Archaeology Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Archaeology Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

1. Tell what archaeology is and explain how it differs from anthropology, geology, paleontology, treasure hunting, and history.

Scouts should use the merit badge pamphlet to review and research these terms. It is recommended to use a Merit Badge Workbook to record your findings for easier reference and sharing in the class.

 

2. Describe each of the following steps of the archaeological process: site location, development of a research design, historical research, site excavation, artifact identification and examination, interpretation, preservation, and information sharing.

Scouts will find explanation for these practices and terms in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts may also find it beneficial to make notes in a Merit Badge Workbook to help organize their findings and so that the merit badge counselor can see an effort of preparation for sharing these findings during the class.

 

3. Describe at least two ways in which archaeologists determine the age of sites, structures, or artifacts. Explain what relative dating is.

Scouts should be prepared to share their findings with the counselor and class for this requirement.  Use of the merit badge pamphlet for this information is highly suggested.

 

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.

For EACH site you research for options a, b, or c, point it out on a map and explain how it was discovered. Describe some of the information about the past that has been found at each site. Explain how the information gained from the study of these sites answers questions that archaeologists are asking and how the information may be important to modern people. Compare the relative ages of the sites you research.

Most Scouts will find options a and b to be easiest to complete. With permission from your parent or guardian Scouts may choose to use the internet to research information to complete these two options for Requirement 4.  Regardless of which two options you select Scouts will need to be prepared with data and information to share with the counselor and class during the class.

 

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.

Choose one of the sites from Requirement 4 and prepare a short presentation. Pictures are always helpful if you are able to add those to your research data for sharing. Ample time will be given during the class for all Scouts to share their findings and presentation during the class. The counselor will likely have additional insight to the sites presented as well as some from their own experiences.

 

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.

Scouts should make notes to assist them with the explanation components of this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of this requirement.

 

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 about you and the culture in which you live based on the contents of your capsule.

b. Make a list of the trash your family throws out during one week. Discuss with your counselor what archaeologists might learn about you and your family if they found your trash a thousand years from now.

Scouts should choose one of the options in this requirement to work on prior to the class and bring their completed work to the class ready to share for completion. It is strongly recommended Scouts bring any notes or other supporting documentation to help demonstrate to the Counselor that time and effort has gone into preparing for the delivery of this requirement on the day of the class. Some time during the class will be allotted to group discussion of both of these components.

 

8. Do ONE of the following:

a. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist, spend at least eight hours helping to excavate an archaeological site.

b. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist, spend at least eight hours in an archaeological laboratory helping to prepare artifacts for analysis, storage, or display.

c. If you are unable to work in the field or in a laboratory under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist, you may substitute a mock dig. To find out how to make a mock dig, talk with a professional archaeologist, trained avocational archaeologist, museum school instructor, junior high or high school science teacher, adviser from a local archaeology society, or other qualified instructor. Plan what you will bury in your artificial site to show use of your "site" during two time periods.

While this requirement will likely be covered in the class (option c), it can not be guaranteed that the arranged counselor will complete this requirement in the class.  Every effort will be made to support as much of this requirement as possible during the class. Scouts should review their merit badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for discussion in the class.  It is highly recommended to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes of their ideas for the mock dig.  If Scouts have been a part of an archaeological dig as stated in option a or b, they should bring evidence of this participation and notes to share with the counselor and class.

 

9. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist or instructor, do ONE of the following:

a. Help prepare an archaeological exhibit for display in a museum, visitor center, school, or other public area.

b. Use the methods of experimental archaeology to re-create an item or to practice a skill from the past. Write a brief report explaining the experiment and its results.

Option b will be covered during the class with the assistance of the merit badge counselor.  Scouts are still expected to have reviewed the merit badge pamphlet and other sources for an understanding prior to the class of the methods and practices that could and should be utilized for successful completion of this requirement.

 

10. Do ONE of the following:

a. Research American Indians who live or once lived in your area. Find out about traditional lifeways, dwellings, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and methods of food gathering, preparation, and storage. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.

b. Research settlers or soldiers who were in your area at least 100 years ago. Find out about the houses or forts, ways of life, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and dietary habits of the early settlers, farmers, ranchers, soldiers, or townspeople who once lived in the area where your community now stands. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.

Scouts should choose one of the options in this requirement to work on prior to the class and bring their completed work to the class ready to share with the counselor and class. Utilization of a Merit Badge Workbook to organize their findings may prove helpful to Scouts to help easily share their findings during class. Time will be allotted during the class for all Scouts to share their work.

 

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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017
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