Botkins Local School student Kayla Heuker, 16, identifies various Native American artifacts in her Archeological History class. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)
BOTKINS — Archeology may generate ideas of ancient dinosaur bones and giant digs, but Botkins 10-12 grade Archeological History students are discovering that their hometown’s background can be uncovered in a few local artifacts.
History teacher Bryan Trego said the idea for an archeology class came from a desire to offer a unique look at local history, whether that means identifying Native American history or working with the Botkins Historical Society.
He said he’s been working with a retired history teacher to acquire various artifacts, which the class will identify, photograph and place on a website for the community to view.
The “Schaub collection,” named after a local farmer who found many historical artifacts on his property, provides many of items students have been studying so far this year.
“It’s all inquiry-based,” Trego said. “I just turn them loose, and they’ve got to go get it.”
Using online tools as guidelines, students will learn what time period certain artifacts come from. As an example, Trego said the different makings of spearpoints will allow the students to identify what tribe or time in history they originated.
“We’ll put all those groups together and then photograph them to get them onto the website,” Trego said. “Our vision is, we’ll have our archeological class website, and then you can click on the Schaub collection, and it will show you pictures and stuff that was found there.”
For the full story, see the Friday, Sept. 5 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.