CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 31, 2000
UI presents Sept. 9 special event for Iowa Archaeology
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of
Natural History, the UI department of geoscience and the Office of the State
Archaeologist (OSA) will sponsor a series of archaeology programs Saturday,
Sept. 9 in recognition of Iowa Archaeology Month 2000.
"Behind-the-scenes" tours of the Office of the State
Archaeologist, located at 700 S. Clinton St., will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m.
Visitors are also invited to participate in an "artifact road show" by bringing
personal artifacts for identification by OSA staff from 1-4 p.m.; however,
appraisals of artifacts will not be offered.
The second program in the series, a lecture/demonstration
titled "How Did They Do That?" by OSA project archaeologist Mark Anderson,
will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Museum of Natural History, Macbride Hall.
Anderson is an expert in flint-napping and primitive tool-making. Following
a demonstration, visitors will have an opportunity to try their own hands
at spear-throwing. In addition, Kelvin Sampson, exhibit designer and archaeologist
at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown, Ill., will speak on ceramics
technology and offer a demonstration in making pottery. Sampson's research
involves the Woodland and Mississippian Periods of Illinois prehistory, including
the replication of period ceramics using native tools and techniques.
Finally, the department of geoscience will offer "Stump
the Paleontologists," a program in which participants are invited to bring
their own rocks and fossils for identification by department staff from 1-4
p.m. in Room 235, Trowbridge Hall, across the street from the Museum of Natural
History. Tours of the Paleontology Repository will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m.
The programs are free and open to the public. For
more information, contact David Brenzel, Museum of Natural History program
coordinator, at 335-0482 or at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the Museum's web site at www.uiowa.edu/~nathist
where a link to the OSA's complete calendar of Iowa Archaeology Month 2000
programs is provided.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact David Brenzel at either the phone number or e-mail address listed