Before we took part in the dig, however, we got yet another view of the different sites of the Battle of Baltimore. From the top of the Pagoda you have a great view of the city. We were able to see Ft. McHenry, North Point (where the British landed), and where the British troops final advance was located. Then our students looked at various objects that have been collected. They analyzed the objects in groups and using prior knowledge they classified and described what it could be used for. Finally they presented their artifact to the whole class. During the dig itself, Sydney Chase found pottery from the 1800s! The question is often asked as we read about ancient civilizations this year, "How do we know this history?" My answer to them was always archeology. Now they have first hand experience on what an archeology dig looks like and how it works!
Our students are now very knowledgable on the Battle of Baltimore and The War of 1812. Next September at the actual Bicentennial of the battle there will be ships coming in from around the world to celebrate. We hope to have them front and center for this spectacle and greeting our friends from around the world in the biggest international event in Baltimore's history!
Thank you to everybody who donated to the cookout and to the Tillmans for providing the grill and having everything ready for us when we were finished!