Experiential learning offers unexpected treasures for students
In an unforgettable moment, Lauren Flynn touched something time had forgotten.
As she pulled apart a clump of soil dug from an archeological site in northern England, she discovered a nearly 2,000-year-old boot. Or more accurately, she found the sole of a large boot once worn by a Roman soldier.
“I was almost in tears to be able to touch something from the ancient world,” says Lauren, BA’12, “and to see the footprint of the Roman soldier on the sole, that was a phenomenal experience that I will never forget.”
Experience is what the Vindolanda Field School at Western is all about. In the summer of 2012, Lauren and seven of her classmates dug through mud at the Vindolanda site in northern England to unearth artifacts at a first-century Roman fort near Hadrian’s Wall.
“The ancient world can be a distant subject to some, but when students venture out of the classroom and participate in archeological digs, history comes alive,” says Beth Greene, assistant professor of classics at Western. “They experience where people lived, ate, worked and even threw birthday parties – and how these people are quite similar to us.”
While giving students the chance to practice excavation techniques such as how to hold a trowel and how to take environmental samples, the School offers evening lectures and weekend field trips that ground the hands-on archeological experiences, while also teaching life lessons.
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