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Release: Aug. 31, 2000

UI presents Sept. 9 special event for Iowa Archaeology Month

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, the UI department of geoscience and the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) will sponsor a series of archaeology programs Saturday, Sept. 9 in recognition of Iowa Archaeology Month 2000.

"Behind-the-scenes" tours of the Office of the State Archaeologist, located at 700 S. Clinton St., will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors are also invited to participate in an "artifact road show" by bringing personal artifacts for identification by OSA staff from 1-4 p.m.; however, appraisals of artifacts will not be offered.

The second program in the series, a lecture/demonstration titled "How Did They Do That?" by OSA project archaeologist Mark Anderson, will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Museum of Natural History, Macbride Hall. Anderson is an expert in flint-napping and primitive tool-making. Following a demonstration, visitors will have an opportunity to try their own hands at spear-throwing. In addition, Kelvin Sampson, exhibit designer and archaeologist at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown, Ill., will speak on ceramics technology and offer a demonstration in making pottery. Sampson's research involves the Woodland and Mississippian Periods of Illinois prehistory, including the replication of period ceramics using native tools and techniques.

Finally, the department of geoscience will offer "Stump the Paleontologists," a program in which participants are invited to bring their own rocks and fossils for identification by department staff from 1-4 p.m. in Room 235, Trowbridge Hall, across the street from the Museum of Natural History. Tours of the Paleontology Repository will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Brenzel, Museum of Natural History program coordinator, at 335-0482 or at, or visit the Museum's web site at where a link to the OSA's complete calendar of Iowa Archaeology Month 2000 programs is provided.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact David Brenzel at either the phone number or e-mail address listed above.