You Help Students Find their Passion for Archaeology

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In elementary school Jessica Petrie asked her teacher how to spell archaeologist, because that’s what she wanted to be. In 2013 her parents urged her to attend Crow Canyon’s High School Archaeology Camp (HSAC) to see if she really liked archaeology. She did, and she did. HSAC solidified her desire to be an archaeologist.

“The experience really hooked me on archaeology and fieldwork," Jessica said recently, sitting next to a dig site here in Cortez. Through your support we provide summer camp students the chance to pursue their dreams.

Jessica returned the next year to our three-week High School Field School, and her passion and knowledge of archaeology only grew.

“I gained a greater depth of understanding with each camp,” she said.

This summer Jessica was awarded a highly competitive archaeology intern position. The opportunity is providing her with good field experience, and she enjoys working with Crow Canyon’s archaeologists.

“I’ve learned so much. I enjoy the intellectual aspect of thinking through scenarios of why the sediment is like it is," said Jessica. "I can read the ground and have a better understanding of what happened there.”

Your support allows us to provide important internship opportunities.

“In this internship, I am being relied on. Crow Canyon’s archaeologists have high standards and high expectations of me. They're counting on me to be an archaeologist. It helps me prepare for a career. They are training the next generation.”

Jessica is a senior year student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating next spring she is applying to graduate schools in the UK to focus on her interests of Eastern European and Mediterranean archaeology.

“I’m going to really miss Crow Canyon because of the great staff and opportunities. But I’m just happy to have a trowel in my hand!”