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Dig Science

August 10 and 11, 2013

It’s time to unearth some fun! Discover what might be hidden underground. Take part in games based on the science used in archaeology and mining. Try geocaching, participate in a scavenger hunt, or enjoy a funny story. Meet scientists that have their eyes to the ground—extracting the earth’s mysteries.

Excavation Lab

10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Take part in an excavation lab: sift through soil to find objects, use various techniques to identify minerals, reconstruct a vase from pottery shards, and more!

Dig in!

10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Explore what it is like to be a field archaeologist as you dig into an excavation play area and discover hidden treasures.

Big Board Game

10 a.m. to noon

Play the Museum’s giant board game—where you are the life-sized playing piece. Test your knowledge of archaeology and minerals.


10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Take part in the worldwide phenomenon of geocaching—a modern-day scavenger hunt that uses GPS. Uncover the message concealed in caches located throughout Technology Park for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate for the Museum’s Scientique boutique.

Storytelling—What a Treasure

1 to 3:30 p.m.

Mole is digging in the ground for buried treasure, but keeps finding treasure for everyone else. Will he finally find a treasure just for him?


1 to 4 p.m.

Safely observe the Sun using the Museum's solar telescopes at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Learn about archaeological sites which tell us that celestial objects were observed and studied in ancient times.

Potash Challenge—Scavenger Hunt

Do you know about potash and its many benefits? Try the Potash Challenge scavenger hunt, and learn all about this mineral in the new exhibition Potash—Feeding the World.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join archaeobotanist Rudy Fecteau and discover how the seeds and other plant material found on digs can help us better understand an archaeological site.