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Release: Sept. 6, 2001
UI Museum of Natural History sponsors Sept. 8 programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will
join the UI Department of Geoscience and the Office of the State Archaeologist
(OSA) in sponsoring a series of archaeology programs Saturday, Sept. 8 as
part of Iowa Archaeology Month, which runs through September 2001. The programs
are free and open to the public.
A 1 p.m. open house at the Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 S. Clinton
St. will feature a 1-2 p.m. talk by Dr. Holmes Semken, professor emeritus,
UI department of geoscience, on animal bones and what they can tell us about
the past. Staff workers will be on hand to identify bones and artifacts brought
in by visitors until 4 p.m.
The program will continue in the Iowa Hall gallery of the Museum of Natural
History from 2-3:30 p.m. with a program titled "A Native American Food
Tasting, and How Archaeologists Determine Ancient Diets" by archaeologist
Rebecca Johnson. Johnson, a UI doctoral candidate in anthropology will offer
a brief presentation at 3 p.m. in Room 114 of Macbride Hall on the variations
in Native American pottery shape, use, and decoration and possible links to
major social upheaval in North America 1000 years ago.
The department of geoscience will offer an open house of the paleontological
repository in Room 235 of Trowbridge Hall from 1-4 p.m. Participants are invited
to bring rocks and fossils for identification by department staff. Children
are invited to participate in a bone sorting and identification exercise.
For more information contact David Brenzel, program coordinator, at the
Museum of Natural History, 335-0482, or visit the Museum's web site at www.uiowa.edu/~nathist.
A complete listing of Iowa Archaeology Month 2001 programs is available at