Archaeology Trip

Over eighteen years ago, Jeff Bogard and Bruce Andrews, took the first group of JeffCo Open School students to Cove at Prayer Rock, Arizona. They had made connections to start obtaining permits, made field observations and recorded artifacts and petroglyphs. Jacob Sliemers helped as a new staff member to finish the work and then start the same type of work with a new permit 
in a canyon associated with the Navajo National Monument. 


This trip has two parts:

1st Discover: There is a general survey of an area of the canyon. Students and staff walk and search canyon walls and topography. They document sightings.

2nd Documentation: The group goes back to the previous found sites and do inscription documentation, using GPS, photos, maps, standardized forms and standard methodology.

In the classroom, students enter field documentation into the computer. They research the time periods and the people of that time and compile that information into a report. The information is submitted to the Navajo Nation as part of their archive. 



History and science are melted together! Kids receive experiential learning from getting dirty. History comes alive. They use scientific method for an authentic audience.

In addition, a couple of years ago, the students made a trip to Harvard to locate field journals they needed. 

These journals had never been digitized, so they had to go in person to Harvard to make copies and add the information to their research. 


We are the only high school that:

  • has an archaeological permit with the Navajo Nation
  • whose work is archived with the Bureau of Land Management at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado 

This legacy trip class is always needing office type supplies for the trip (clipboards, cameras, ipads, etc.) and camping gear. Please check out their Indiegogo fundraising campaign for spring of 2015.

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