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Iowa City IA 52242
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Iowa Archaeology Week celebrates ancient and modern technologies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- From computers, to televisions, to faxes and email, Iowans are surrounded by technology every day. But what about the electricity it takes to run our modern technology? Earlier this century, electricity itself was considered the height of technology. And before that, such tools as plows, shotguns, and even spears were innovations that Iowans used to make their lives easier.

All Iowans can celebrate "Technology: Ancient and Modern" during Iowa Archaeology Week 1998, Sept. 12-20. Activities will take place at 12 different sites around the state, giving Iowans a chance to view ancient technology as well as the process by which scientists uncover the marvels of the past.

In a new twist for this year's celebration, the Office of the State Archeologist will use the latest technology to help Iowans learn about and celebrate ancient technology. Anyone with a question about archaeology ­ from digs to artifacts to general Iowa history ­ may email a question to the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA@uiowa.edu) and receive an answer within 24 hours. For more information, visit the Iowa Archaeology Week 1998 Web site at [http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/arcweek/arcweek5.htm] or call (319) 384-0732.

The Office of the State Archaeologist is a research, service, and educational unit of the University of Iowa. Iowa Archaeology Week is supported in part by the Iowa Archaeological Society, the National Park Service, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the University of Iowa.

Following is a calendar of events listed by location for Iowa Archaeology Week 1998:

CEDAR RAPIDS
Sunday, September 20, 1-4 p.m. Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area
Demonstrations, hands-on activities, a site tour and artifact identification will be included in an afternoon of interactive activities for all ages. This event is hosted by the Linn County Conservation Department. For more information, contact Gail Barels, (319) 398-3505.

CHARLES CITY
Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m. North Iowa Area Community College
An evening of Floyd County prehistory including artifact identification and a presentation by Lowell Blikre of Bear Creek Archaeology Inc. This event is hosted by the Floyd County Conservation Board. For more information, contact Barb McKinstry at (515) 257-6144.

CHEROKEE
Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m. Sanford Museum and Planetarium
Jason Titcomb of the Iowa State University Archaeology Laboratory will speak about the early history of Northwest Iowa. This event is hosted by the Sanford Museum and Planetarium and by the Northwest Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society. For more information, contact Linda Burkhart at (712) 225-3922.

DAVENPORT
Thursday, September 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Putnam Museum
A slide presentation and artifact display will provide a picture of the prehistoric and historic Indian cultures in the Quad Cities. This event is hosted by the Putnam museum of History and Natural Science. For more information, contact Michael Granger at (319) 324-0059.

DES MOINES
Saturday, September 12, 2 p.m. Yellow Banks Park
A collection of Lithic tools will be on display and Mark Anderson of the Office of the State Archaeologist will give a demonstration of Atlatl Spear Throwing. This event is hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society. For more information, contact Mike Heimbaugh at (515) 255-4909.

Sunday, September 13, 1 p.m. State Historical Society
A demonstration of flintknapping will highlight a presentation by Mark Anderson and
Tony Wright of the Office of the State Archaeologist along with members of the Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society. The society members will also describe their lithic identification and cataloging project for the State Historical Society's public comparative collection. This event is hosted by the State Historical Society of Iowa. For more information, contact Sara Macht at (515) 281-6412.

Sunday, September 20, 1 p.m. State Historical Society
Learn how archaeologists identify artifacts, with hands-on activities for the whole family. This event is hosted by the State Historical Society of Iowa. For more information, contact Sara Macht at (515) 281-6412.

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m. State Historical Society, Classroom B
George Foldner of the State Historical Society will present a slide show and examples of a historic pottery collection. This event is hosted by the State Historical Society of Iowa. For more information, contact Sara Macht at (515) 281-6412.

GLENWOOD
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 12-4 p.m. East of Glenwood on Highway 949, across from the Mills County Historical Society
Visitors are invited to tour a re-created Earth Lodge, which provides an idea of what life was like for people of the 12th century in Glenwood. The archaeologists who helped construct the lodge based on information from archaeological excavations in the area will be on hand to answer questions. This event is hosted by the Paul Rowe Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society. For more information, contact Dennis Miller at (712) 525-1007.

IOWA CITY
Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m. Tour leaving from the Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 South Clinton St.
A tour of Southeast Iowa Woodland and Oneota archaeological sites with Lynn Alex, an Iowa archaeologist and author, includes a stop at the Putnam Museum to view artifacts from the sites. Tour is limited to the first 10-20 people. Contact the Office of the State Archeologist at (319) 384-0732 to register. This event is hosted by the Office of the State Archaeologist. Advance reservations are required. For more information, contact Tim Weitzel at (319) 384-0732.

LE MARS

Monday, September 14, 7 p.m. Le Mars Public Library
Ancient and Modern Technology of Northwest Iowa is the topic of a presentation by Nancy Hodgson of the University of South Dakota Archaeology Laboratory. This event is hosted by the Le Mars Public Library. For more information, contact Sue Morris at (712) 546-5004.

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m. Plymouth County Historical Museum
In a presentation titled "Seeing Earth As Home," Floyd Sanford, a local collector, will describe what he has learned from artifacts of past cultures. A 1938 American Indian Pictograph Collection will be on display. This event is hosted by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. For more information, contact Iris Hemmingson at (712) 546-7143.

MARQUETTE
Events all week long at Effigy Mounds National Monument. For more information contact Mardi Butt-Arce at (319) 873-3491

Saturday, September 12
10:15 a.m.: Implements of the Past, a 15-minute prehistoric tool presentation
11 a.m.-noon: Fire Point Hike, a 90-minute ranger guided tour of archaeological and natural features
1-3 p.m.: Archaeology of Prehistoric Cultures, an ongoing presentation about how the science of archaeology is done
3:30 p.m.: Introduction to Mound Building Cultures, a 15-minute presentation

Sunday, September 13
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Cultures of the Past, see and artifact display and talk with a local artifact collector
1-4 p.m.: Stone age technology, a demonstration of the skill and craft of flintknapping
1:30-3 p.m.: Fire Point Hike, a 90-minute ranger guided tour of archaeological and natural features
3:30 p.m.: Atlatl Spear Throwing, a 15-minute demonstration of a technology that pre-dated the bow and arrow

Monday-Friday, September 14-18
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Video presentation, Archaeological Sites in Our National Parks

Saturday, September 19
9:30-11 a.m.: Site tour for children, 90-minute ranger guided tour for children 6-12 years old
10 a.m.: Implements of the Past, a 15-minute prehistoric tool presentation
1-4 p.m.: Artifact identification, archaeologists examine your artifacts and help you find out what it is and how old it is
1:30-3 p.m.: Fire Point Hike, a 90-minute ranger guided tour of archaeological and natural features
2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Prehistoric Cultures, a 15-minute presentation

Sunday, September 20
10 a.m.: Atlatl Spear Throwing, a 15-minute demonstration of a technology that pre-dated the bow and arrow
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Marching Bear Hike, a three-hour, five-mile ranger guided hike to the Marching Bear Mound Group
11:30 a.m.: Introduction to Prehistoric Cultures, a 15-minute presentation
12:30 p.m.: Introduction to Prehistoric Cultures, a 15-minute presentation
1-4 p.m.: Artifact identification, archaeologists examine your artifacts and help you find out what it is and how old it is
2-3:30 p.m.: Fire Point Hike, a 90-minute ranger guided tour of archaeological and natural features

OTTUMWA
Sunday, September 20, 9 a.m.-noon Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 6 miles south of Ottumwa on US 63
The Southeast Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society presents activities that allow group participation in a learning experience designed to inform visitors about past ways of life and the tools used by prehistoric Iowa cultures. This event is hosted by the Wapello County Conservation Board and the Southeast Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society. For more information, contact Kelly Schott at (515) 682-3091.

SIOUX CENTER
Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m. Sioux Center Public Library
Ancient and Modern Technology of Northwest Iowa is the topic of a presentation by Nancy Hodgson of the University of South Dakota Archaeology Laboratory. This event is hosted by the Sioux Center Public Library. For more information, contact Karen Bjorkman at (712) 722-2138.

STORY CITY
Saturday, September 12, 1-4 p.m. McFarland Conservation Center
Demonstrations of ancient technology and hands-on activities for the whole family are included in a presentation by the Iowa State University Archaeology Laboratory. This event is hosted by the Story County Conservation Board. For more information, contact (515) 232-2516.

9/1/98