The second stop on our spring break trip was to New Mexico. I earned Archaeology merit badge with Mr. Saltzmann. I enjoyed this badge even though I didn’t get to go to an actual dig site because of Covid. I was able to participate in a project that involved penguin tracking which was a lot of fun. How does that relate to archaeology you ask, well so did I. The penguins have been living in the same places and doing much the same things for centuries. The archaeologist are looking at the penguin populations to see how their patterns match human patters because we know the penguins have been hunted for food, used to produce eggs, their hides were used for storage containers and they even became pets. This project tracked penguins in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
I am not sure that I agree with absolute archaeological dating. It is a guess based on what we think we know. We don’t really KNOW things came from that time but we base the entire date based on a system that can’t be proven. I have seen damage and recovery from volcanos that if dated a thousand years from now, could end up in completely the wrong period because of volcano. I need to spend more time learning about this. Relative dating makes more sense to me… it just says that based on where something is found, it is older that something found layers above.
I was very interested in learning about the different culture though. It is hard to believe how differently people lived in the past.
I don’t think I will ever think the same way about trash though! It isn’t just what you throw away, it is what people in the future will know about your culture and how you lived.
The best part of New Mexico though was meeting Emily B. Emily has been meeting with our troop virtually for a while because we are meeting on Zoom due to Covid. Her troop has mostly moved away so being with us allowed her to scout in a troop. We also met her brother Nathan and her Mom. It was like we always knew them as soon as we arrived. We are looking forward to having Emily join us for summer camp in Michigan!!
Before we left New Mexico, we stopped at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. It was very interesting to see a recording studio that early rock and roll greats came from. Many of the people I hadn’t heard of but there is an original Buddy Holly guitar there! And even materials from stars years later. I learned about the “Clovis sound” and how it was made. It was very interesting to visit.