This year instead of going to Rivercane Rendezvous (and here) we are heading for a week at the Kolb Site. It is one of the few sites in America that encourages non-degreed folks to come and dig like the pros. After our visit last year, we were invited to come on back. LR is taking a week off of “regular school” – although his teachers are sending along work. I imagine he will be doing his figures and letters Abe Lincoln style – by our firelight. We are staying at the Little Pee Dee State Park and like the dig site, it is in the middle of no where. So, I’m not even bothering to take the computer. I’ll take the camera to document the Erd Kinder child’s interaction with the professional life.
Category Archives: "Coming of Man"
Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 7:00pm College of Charleston, Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309 Dr. Parker Pearson
Stonehenge is one of the great mysteries of the prehistoric world. After seven years of new excavations and research, archaeologists now have a completely new understanding of the date and purpose of this enigmatic monument. One of the key break-through has been to understand how Stonehenge formed part of a wider complex of monuments and landscape features within Salisbury Plain. Professor Parker Pearson will present the results of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, and discuss the current theories about Stonehenge – an astronomical observatory, a centre of healing or a place of the ancestors – and the identity of its Neolithic builders.
We now know much more about the people who built Stonehenge – where they came from, how they lived, and how they were organized. Not only has the project discovered a large settlement of many houses, thought to be for Stonehenge’s builders, at the nearby henge enclosure of Durrington Walls but it has also re-dated Stonehenge and investigated its surrounding monuments and sites, many of which were hitherto undated and unknown. This presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the project’s highlights, including the recent discovery of Bluestonehenge. One of the greatest mysteries – why some of Stonehenge’s stones were brought from 180 miles away – is currently being investigated and its brand new results will be presented at the lecture.
March 10, 2012 – 9:00am until 4:00pm
Last year we took an overnight trip to Darlington to visit the Kolb Site. This year we are planning on going and joining the dig for a few days.
However, they have an amazing Public Day on March 10th which is worth the rutted entrance road.
We are so blessed to live in a college town. In the next month and a bit, there are a lot of lectures that we are going to go absorb. Darwin Week is one of our favorite series of lectures. Last year it brought us the Blood Sucking Flies lecture and the year before an amazing talk about Neanderthals. Since we are located in “The Holy City,” it is appropriate that the Darwin Week include a discussion of faiths and the coming of the universe. This year the them is “Does Evolution Lead to Evil.”
The Evolution of Complex Animals: New insights into some very old problems in evolution.
Monday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m. CofC School of Sciences and Math Auditorium Dr. Athula Wikramanayake
Over 500 million years ago, the Cambrian “explosion” yielded a remarkable diversity of animals with bilateral symmetry — animals which have evolved to constitute 95% of the world’s fauna today. Did such complex “bilaterian” animals evolve from simple, non-bilaterian organisms?
Need for Speed: The Evolution of Decision-Making in a Rapidly Changing World
Tuesday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. CofC School of Sciences and Math Auditorium Dr. Catalin V. Buhusi
Despite our sophisticated cognitive abilities, humans are notoriously bad at making rational decisions. Similar biases, aversions, and reference-dependent choices have been reported in other species, suggesting that evolution has shaped our ancestors’ brain to make decisions in a different kind of environment. How can we reconcile the apparent necessity of rapid decision-making with the need for building a long-term sustainable society for future generations?
THE 2012 TALKS ON TAP DARWIN WEEK EVENT: Does Evolution Lead to Evil? Two Christian Perspectives
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church Dr. Brad Harrub and Rev. James B. Miller
Critics have claimed that regardless of whether evolution is true or not, to believe that humanity had its origins in earlier non-human species leads to racism, eugenics, euthanasia, abortion, and youth violence. Join Rev. Jim Miller and Dr. Brad Harrub for a fascinating conversation on the potential ethical implications of evolutionary theory, with a robust question and answer time to follow.
Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
Wednesday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. CofC School of Sciences and Math Auditorium Dr. Luke S. Sollitt
Are we alone in the Universe? Until recently, this fundamental question about humanity’s place in the cosmos was the province of philosophy or science fiction. The nascent science of Astrobiology seeks to turn science fiction into science research, and answer it once and for all. Dr. Sollitt will discuss three main research areas in this new field: the search for habitable planets elsewhere in the universe, the study of so-called “extremophiles” on Earth, and the search for habitable zones and life elsewhere in the Solar System.
The Ice-Age Dispersal of Humans to the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?
Thursday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. CofC School of Sciences and Math Auditorium Dr. Ted Goebel
When did modern humans colonize the Americas? From where did they come and what routes did they take? These questions have puzzled scientists for decades, but until recently answers have proven difficult to find. New techniques of molecular genetic analysis, and a reinvigorated search for early archaeological sites across the western hemisphere, recently have led to some astounding results.
This was during a class he took on primitive medicine – “You are out in the woods with little to nothing. What are you going to do if…”
His take away – mint family – go with the mint family.
AV spent the weekend up above Asheville again. It was one of his “work fare” weekends. (He couldn’t afford the class, so he is working for the property’s owner for the right to take the class.) He is starting to feel ownership in the project. He spent the weekend learning about burning steel wool in light of what he learned about steel this summer and sorting tools and digging a trench for a French drain.
Recently one of the children I work with was having difficulty locating dates in a sequence on a timeline. We’ve incorporated “Casa” work to show the values beyond just written numbers. I love the flexibility of Montessori materials.
The Clock of Eras is one of the Classic Montessori Lesson. As all of the history lessons, it covers multiple disciplines – history, science, and math.
The presentation is given after the long black stip. It is a link between the God With No Hands lesson and the Time Line of Life Lesson. It is a different way of looking at time as well. It is a chart. Don’t give into the temptation to make it into a puzzle or a deep scientific lesson. It is there to help children think about how long the earth had been around been around before humans.
Also the idea that everything has a job to do for the glory of God. All the creatures came before to help make the world ready for humans and their survival.
We need to define a few terms:
- Eon (and super-eon) is the largest length of geological time. There are 4 eons. Eons are divided into eras. Haden, Archean, Proterozoic, and Phanerozoic
- Era is a period of geological time. There are 12 eras in geological time. These times are divided into periods.
- Periods are the smallest measure of geological time that is documented on the Clock of Eras.