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October 22, 2014

Celebrating Archaeology with the 8th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair!

AIA is pleased to announce another successful archaeology fair to celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day.

On October 17 and 18, 2014, the AIA teamed up with the Museum of Science, Boston (MOS) to host our 8th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair. This two-day event brings together institutions and organizations from the New England area that share the AIA’s mission to spread the wonder of archaeological discovery with the public.

The AIA and MOS were joined by 17 groups over the two-day fair. Presenters shared their knowledge in a wide variety of topics, covering ancient technologies, cultures, mock excavations, and artifacts. Fair attendees learned how to map a historic shipwreck; how to build a fishweir; how to excavate the Battle of Bunker Hill; how the ancient Maya used math; and more. Visitors also got to see live demonstrations in flintknapping, and glassblowing, and were given the opportunity to try on a Roman soldier’s battle gear. For a complete list of fair activities, please see the attached Program of Presentations.

Below is a complete list of this year’s fair presenters:

  • American Textile History Museum
  • Boston City Archaeology Program
  • Boston National Historical Park (NPS)
  • Diablo Glass School
  • Franklin Pierce University Anthropology Club
  • Historic New England, Spencer Peirce-Little Farm
  • Legio III Cyrenaica
  • Massachusetts Archaeological Society Inc.
  • Massachusetts Archaeology Education Consortium
  • Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources
  • New Hampshire Archaeological Society and Department of Transportation
  • New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • Public Archaeology Lab, Inc.
  • Photon – Boston University Undergraduate Physics Club
  • Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)
  • Voelkels – Authors of the Jaguar Stones series

Each year the AIA brings in new organizations to present at the fair. This year we are pleased to welcome two new groups: Spencer Peirce-Little Farm (Historic New England) and Photon. Both were excellent additions to the fair, and we hope to see them in October 2015.

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