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Release: March 5, 2003

UI-OSA Archaeologists To Participate In Rock, Mineral Show March 15-16

Archaeologists from the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (UI-OSA) will travel to Cedar Rapids Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, to speak on a variety of archaeological topics at the Cedar Valley Rocks and Minerals Society spring show.

The show, which draws several thousand visitors annually, chose "Ancient Stone Artifacts" as its theme for this year and asked the UI-OSA for programming assistance. In addition to displays on Iowa archaeology and UI-OSA publications, demonstrations include stone tool making, pipe carving, and spear throwing. The UI-OSA is also providing activities for youngsters attending the show including stone corn grinding and making face paint from stone pigments. The following individual presentations will be offered by UI-OSA staff:

March 15, all day: "Recording Private Archaeological Collections," by Julianne Loy Hoyer, Documents Curator

March 15, all day: "Artifact Road Show" by Mike Perry, Project Archaeologist (no appraisals on artifacts)

March 15, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.: "Artifact or Not?" by Elizabeth Pauls, State Archaeologist

March 15, 11:30 a.m., 2:30, and 5:30 p.m.: "Effigy Mounds," by Lynn M. Alex, Public Archaeology Coordinator

March 16 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.: "Sources of Material for Stone Tools Made in Iowa," by Mark Anderson, Project Archaeologist

March 16 at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.: "Stone Tools Through Time," Steve Lensink, Associate Director

Additional presentations on stone fish traps and sources of exotic stone used in Iowa artifacts will be offered by members of the Iowa Archeological Society, a partnering organization. The Iowa Archeological Society includes more than 500 members throughout the state who are dedicated to the study and preservation of Iowa's archaeological past. Traditional pipe making will be demonstrated by members of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers from Pipestone, Minn.

This is the 39th annual show sponsored by the Cedar Valley Rocks and Minerals Society which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001. Proceeds from the show benefit geology scholarships at the University of Iowa and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Last year $2,500 was given to the University of Iowa. This year's event will be at the Teamster's Union Local No. 238, 5000 J Street SW, Cedar Rapids. Admission is $2 for adults, $.50 for students 12-18, free for children under 12. Many other demonstrations and exhibits related to rocks and minerals will also be offered.

A research unit at the UI, the Office of the State Archaeologist coordinates public involvement in archaeology statewide through such means as teacher workshops, school and conservation center programs, and support of the Iowa Archeological Society. The office also maintains a database of more than 21,000 archaeological sites in Iowa along with related photos and research material.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,