DES MOINES – The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) will offer archaeological programs in Council Bluffs and Des Moines this month as part of a statewide “300 Miles of Archaeology” celebration of International Archaeology Day. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).
International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery presented every October by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad. This year’s International Archaeology Day will be Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, and includes archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests.
SHSI is celebrating International Archaeology Day by presenting archaeology-based programs as part of the “300 Miles of Archaeology” events in partnership with the Office of the State Archaeologist; the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, and Art and Art History; and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.
The list of archaeology programs offered at the Western Historic Trails Center and State Historical Museum on Oct. 18 follows:
Western Historic Trails Center
3434 Richard Downing Avenue
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Visit the Western Historic Trails Center for a full day of archaeological programs and activities as part of International Archaeology Day. The University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum and Loess Hills Archaeological Interpretive Center staff will be on-site. Events include tours of the UI Mobile Museum, atlatl throw, flint knapping, educational presentations and archaeology talks. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.
State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E. Locust Street
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Engage in discussions about artifact displays, and enjoy a demonstration by Patrick Hashman about flint knapping. Join Archaeologist Doug Jones of the State Historic Preservation Office at 11 a.m. for a presentation about prehistoric fish weirs and fishing practices. Other activities also will be offered. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 515-242-5193 for more information.
Additional programs will be offered at the University of Iowa and Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. Visit AIA at http://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday for more information.