Mississippi Archaeology Expo 2011

Sponsored by Millsaps College, Mississippi Humanities Councils, and the Mississippi Arts Commission

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location:
The Bowl at the Millsaps College Campus
1701 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39210
United States

Rain or shine.
Free and open to the public.
The Mississippi Archaeology Expo is a hands-on family fair for school-age children and adults held during Mississippi Archaeology Month, which is an annual October observance.  The event also corresponds with this year’s National Archaeology Day, a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.  The Expo is a day-long special event featuring educational and fun activities for all ages, such as demonstrations of archaeological techniques as well as prehistoric and historic lifeways.  Of special interest this year will be demonstrations by members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150 - year anniversary of the Civil War). 
Activities will include:

  • Artifact Identification (Bring your artifacts!)
  • Atlatl (Spear) Throwing
  • Prehistoric Technology Stations
  • Artifact Displays                                                         
  • Pottery Design/Making
  • MississippiBand of Choctaw Indian Tribal Social Dancing & Chanting
  • MississippiBand of Choctaw Storytellers
  • MississippiBand of Choctaw Indian Tribal Basket Making and Clothing/Bead Crafts
  • Civil War Re-enactors
  • Rock Art Wall
  • Flintknapping (Stone Tool making)
  • Demonstration Dig for Kids!
  • Ground Penetrating Radar demonstration (GPR)

OBJECTIVE:  To promote awareness of Mississippi archaeology by providing the public with an accurate picture of archaeology and the past.
SPONSORS:  This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Counciland the Mississippi Arts Commission.
 Additional sponsors include Millsaps College, Archaeological Institute of America, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mississippi Department of Transportation; Mississippi Department of Archives & History; Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists; and Mississippi Archaeological Association.

Contact:
John Underwood

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