CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
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.