If you are interested in the clash of civilizations, consider the case of the Aztecs and the Spanish at the beginning of the 16th century. For sheer scale, drama and human interest, few stories command such breathtaking attention. The subject of Guilderland's 2016 dig, to occur between Monday, August 27 and Friday the 31st, is this world changing subject. Our source material includes parts of the letters of the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortez, to his Emperor, Charles V, as well as parts of the Aztec account of the conquest ("The Broken Spears"). In 1519, conquistadors from Cuba sailed West to explore what is today the Gulf Coast of Mexico. What they encountered there dazzled them beyond what words can credibly tell: a splendid, savage empire with riches so abundant that its immediate conquest was fatefully undertaken. What followed was one of the most gigantic wars of all time, filled with twists, turns and outcomes so astonishing that they make successful Hollywood scripts look ordinary. In diplomatic encounters, sieges and battles each side struggled to harness magic, religion and power to outwit and defeat the other. In this dig, you will excavate one of the many encounters in this war of which archaeology, history and literature have left us an unforgettable record. Prepare yourself to experience the savage splendor of the Aztec empire in one crucial moment of its death struggle against Spain. An excavation NOT to be missed.
- Campers should arrive dressed for the weather, with appropriate footwear and a cap or hat.
- Sunblock and kid-friendly bug dope may also be needed.
- All campers should pack a hearty lunch, labeled drink and a snack.
- Space is limited; please sign up early if you wish to have your children attend.
- Head Instructor: Geoffrey Purcell
- Bus Transportation: NOT AVAILABLE
- Aftercare: M-Th only, $30 until 5:15 pm. No early care available, drop off from 8:30 am. Contact the instructor, email@example.com.
- Please note a location change - the Community Gardens is located across from Tawasentha Park on Route 146, behind the old G.R.A.B. barn. A garden plot will be designated for the Archaeology camps.