Kids love playing in the dirt, and they love spooky tales about skeletons, crypts, and mummies, so the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research is combining them into a fun and instructional series of week-long camps called 'Bioarchaelolgy-Tales from Beyond the Grave.'
"The science of skeletons, different burial patterns, different societies and the way that they buried, anything that you can think of," said Nathan Heep, who is the instructor for the class.
"It reinforces a lot of the things that they see in the classroom," he said. "Kids love to learn, especially at this age, they are sponges for new material."
He says there are different programs for difference age groups, but all of them involve bones, and digging in the dirt.
"Kids love bones," Heep said. "Kids love dirt, they love digging, they love finding things, and they love telling you all about it."
He says kids will get experience digging to find bones and other artifacts, and learning what they say about a society.
"Different burial types, different ideas about burying people one way or another." They will also create mummy masks and explore a 'mystery cemetery.'
"I wish they'd had something like this when I was a kid," Heep said.
The camps continue throughout the summer, and are open to kids between the ages of 9 and 13.