By Ann Frio
University News Service
December 19, 2007
Britt Bousman shows students how to use a GPS system to log the locations of the artifacts they found at the Freeman Ranch. (Photo courtesy
The students, fifth- and sixth-graders in the Hernandez Intermediate School Gifted and Talented Program, walked a site at
Then, leaving the artifacts in place, the students and Bousman made an electronic map of the site with a hand-held GPS unit. To learn what happens to artifacts after they are excavated, the students then visited
"One of our purposes in bringing San Marcos students to the Freeman Ranch is to get them interested in archaeology and the history of the area, and to impress upon them the necessity of protecting these resources," said McGee, anthropology department chair. "I also hope to encourage them to go to college to learn more. It is my dream that I will see some of them on campus in seven or eight years.
"Also, most folks don't realize how practical archaeology is," he said. "There is a lot of demand for archaeology projects in