LIVINGSTON, NJ — It was a day of “Happy Hominid Hunting” at Heritage Middle School, where social studies teacher Laurie Bisconti helped bring learning to life through a realistic archeological dig.

Students gained hands on experience in paleoanthropology while “out in the field” using tools to dig artifacts and fossils out of dirt boxes that were set up under a giant tent. When they were finished digging, they photographed their discoveries, analyzed each one to determine if it was an artifact (the remains of a thing that was made) or a fossil (the remains of a living thing) and discussed how to use specific clues to reveal "secrets" about its origins.

Photos above were provided by Livingston Public Schools