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Oct. 18, 2011

University of Iowa offers talk, tours, and crafts for National Archeology Day, Sunday, Oct. 23

Come celebrate the inaugural National Archaeology Day at the University Iowa, featuring an afternoon of hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, and a lecture by a world-renowned archaeologist. The Sunday, Oct. 23 events offer an opportunity to for participants to see demonstrations of early tools, art, and technology. You can even make your own version of a Neolithic plaque.

The free public events begin at 1 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium with a lecture by Dr. Steven Holen, curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dr. Holen's wife, Kathleen, will join him for a lecture titled "Broken Mammoth Bones, Experimental Archaeology and the Early Peopling of North America."

Following the lecture, there will be a variety of activities in the offices of Anthropology faculty members' offices in Macbride Hall, on the east lawn of Macbride Hall and at the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). Tours of the OSA Laboratory, located at 700 South Clinton St., will be offered at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. The OSA Lab features remains from the 13,000-year-long history of human occupation of Iowa.

Other activities, offered from 2 to 5 p.m., are as follows:

--Prehistoric technology demonstrations will be offered on the east lawn of Macbride Hall in the OSA Outreach Tent. Participants can view and participate in Native American games and watch flint-knapping and atlatl (spear-throwing) demonstrations.

--The UI Museum of Art will also be represented on Macbride's east lawn with its School Programs Collection: American Indian and First Peoples Art. In addition, Puebloan pottery created with traditional techniques by contemporary artists will be on display.

--Katina Lillios, associate professor of anthropology, and graduate research assistant Jonathan T. Thomas will offer visitors the opportunity to make their own Neolithic plaques in Macbride Hall, Room 127. Their presentation, "The Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia: Experimental Archaeology," features objects found more than 4,000 years ago in Portugal and Spain.

--In Macbride Hall, Room 15, Margaret Beck, assistant professor of anthropology, and graduate teaching assistant Sarah Trabert will offer new research about the Scott County Pueblo, a historic site in western Kansas where Puebloan groups lived alongside Plains Apachean groups following the Pueblo Revolt of the late 1600s.

National Archeology Day is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Office of the State Archaeologist, the UI Natural History Museum, the UI Museum of Art, and the UI Department of Anthropology, a department of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: John Logsdon, 319-335-1082,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037, Writer: Ryan Lindsay