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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 A complete listing of Iowa Archaeology Month 2001 programs is available at