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April 6, 2007

Iowa Archeological Society Hosts Annual Spring Meeting April 21-22

The Iowa Archeological Society's annual spring meeting is Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at the University of Iowa. The public is invited to attend.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. April 21 in room 140 Schaeffer Hall. Registration fees are $12 for the general public, or $10 for students. Archaeologists from across the state will present their recent archaeological projects at 9 a.m.

A discussion of recent giant sloth finds in southwest Iowa will take place at 1:30 p.m. April 21 in 140 Schaeffer Hall. The presentation, "The Tarkio Valley Ground Sloth Site: An Update on the Ongoing Excavation," will be made by keynote speakers Holmes Semken, a professor emeritus of geoscience in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and David Brenzel, curator of the UI Museum of Natural History. Tours of the Museum of Natural History laboratory, the UI Paleontology Repository and the newly remodeled Old Capitol Museum will follow. A reception will be held in Iowa Hall of the Museum of Natural History at 5 p.m.

An open house at the Office of the State Archaeologist begins at 8:30 a.m. April 22. It will be followed by a choice of two workshops: a field trip to a local archaeological site called Woodpecker Cave, focusing on recording archaeological sites, or a hands-on experience with cataloging archaeological collections.

The Office of the State Archaeologist partnered with the UI Museum of Natural History and the Iowa Archeological Society in hosting this event. A research unit at the UI, the Office of the State Archaeologist conducts archaeological research and public programs around the state, preserves ancient burial sites, and examines and re-inters ancient human remains. The OSA also maintains the state archaeological repository, manages data on all known archaeological sites in Iowa and publishes technical and popular books on Iowa archaeology.

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

CONTACTS: Program: Robin Lillie, 319-384-0739,; Media: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070,; Writer: Nancy Heimbaugh