Archaeology students dive into digging

While many may conjure up images of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft at the mention of archaeology, the real activities of temple searchers, record scourers and pot hunters seem a lot less glamorous by comparison.

But archaeology requires a lot of classroom and hands-on time, and the hands-on time can be found anywhere, from local caves to otherwise unnoticed plots of land.

Archaeology students at MCC-Maple Woods are just beginning their foray into Indiana Jones territory – hopefully without all the death traps – by opening some test pits of their own around the Kansas City area.

According to instructor Kathleen Fuller, these test pits, in which students will search for evidence of previous habitation, are designed to immerse them in the excavation process and help them develop a skill set that could help them later.