National Archaeology Day in Milwaukee
November 1, 2011
On October 22, 2011 the Milwaukee Society hosted an open house, organized by Prof. Bettina Arnold, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Archaeological Research Laboratory. Titled “Life after Fieldwork: Behind the Scenes at UW-Milwaukee’s Archaeology Research Lab,” the event showcased some of the important analytical work being done by UW-Milwaukee professors and graduate students on the materials discovered in their excavations. Demonstrations included such scientific analytical techniques as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in landscape and mortuary archaeology (by Prof. John Richards and graduate student Tom Zych: Aztalan, WI, and Prof. Laura Villamil with grad student Lindsay Robinson: Margarita, Quintana Roo, Mexico); petrographic analysis of pottery (Prof. Jason Sherman: Oaxaca and Quintana Roo, Mexico); X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis of pottery (by Ph.D. candidate William Balco: Iron Age Sicily); sex and age determination by osteological (bone) analysis (by Prof. Patricia Richards with grad students Eric Burant and Ashley Dunford: Milwaukee County Poor Farm); and experimental archaeology on Iron Age pottery and costume (by Prof. Bettina Arnold, Heuneburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Graduate student Shannon Freire supervised the Float Sorting Station, where visitors were challenged to distinguish among minute fragments of shell, bone, pottery, and lithics found in flotation. About 30 members and friends of the Milwaukee Society and students visited the Lab, all of whom asked a lot of questions and had a great time learning about archaeology hands-on!
University of Alaska Anchorage hosted International Archaeology Day on October 19th.
The Northeast Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network hosted an Archaeology Bar Crawl through downtown St. Augustine in honor of International Archaeology Day.
The Commission to Preserve National Monuments celebrated the International Archaeology Day with a series of events titled "Cultural Memory, a Vanishing Treasure: Archaeological Heritage of BiH."