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Release: Aug. 2, 2000

State archaeology office wins $11,000 in grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Office of the State Archaeologist has won a state and a national grant to fund programs during the annual celebration of Iowa Archaeology Month, scheduled this year for Sept. 1-30.

Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $6,000 grant to support the creation of "time capsules from the past," including materials that represent Iowa 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 and 12,000 years ago. Each capsule will contain representative items designed to illustrate the natural world, ways of life, important technologies, critical concerns, and new achievements at each of these millennial transitions. During Iowa Archaeology Month, time capsule presentations are scheduled at schools, libraries, museums, and nature centers across Iowa. After archaeology month, the time capsules will be available on loan for educational purposes.

The office also won a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Academy of Sciences to support 10 Iowa Archaeology Month programs entitled "How Did They Do That? Understanding Science Through Ancient Technology." Each presentation will feature expert artisans who will recreate and use chipped and ground stone tools, spears and arrows, and implements of bone, shell or pottery demonstrating the physics, chemistry, and engineering principles relevant to each technology.

Iowa Archaeology Month is an annual celebration of Iowa's rich archaeological history. It is designed to introduce Iowans to the history of their surroundings and to teach them about the importance of preserving and protecting that historical record. A complete schedule of events for Iowa Archaeology Month 2000 will be announced soon.

The Office of the State Archaeologist is a research unit of the University of Iowa. Its mission is to discover, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa's human pre-history and history. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa appoints a State Archaeologist, who is a member of the UI department of anthropology. The State Archaeologist directs a program of statewide archaeological research, service, and education.