University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Macbride Hall
10 Macbride Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
AIA Lecture, Monday 14 October 2013, 7:30 pm at Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.
Studying Famous Atlatls: From Musuem to Field Test. By Dr. John C. Whittaker, Grinnell College, Iowa.
Museum specimens of rare artifacts often have enlightening individual stories. They also derve as models for replications that can be directly tested, giving us examples of partucular technologies, and some insights into their capabilities and possible uses. The Aztec Atlatl in the British Museum, and the unusual atlatls recovered bu Cushing's 19th century excavations in Florida are examples of well known but little studies artifacts.
- John has taught in the Anthropology Department at Grinnell College since 1984. He does archaeological research in the American Southwest, ethnoarchaeology in Turkey and elsewhere, and experiments with prehistoric technology, especially stone tools and atlatls.
International Archaeology Day, Saturday 19 October 2013, 9 am to 4:30 pm on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City.
9 am UI Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History open for viewing American Southwest Pottery Display and Arctic Display from UI Museum of Natural HIstory collections
9:30 am Iowa Archeology Society Fall Meeting (students and the public are welcome to attend!)
Opening and Welcome Address
Presentation: RAGBRAI: Team Archaeology and Six Years of Iowa Archaeology on the Road.
Team Archaeology presenters
Presentation: A Clovis Point Find from the Nishnabotna River: 3D scanning for Enhanced Analysis.
Mark L. Anderson, Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
Main Presentation: The Genetics of the Peopling of the New World and an Archaeological
Perspective from the Northern Plains/Upper Midwest
Drew Kitchen and Matt E. Hill, Anthropology Dept, University of Iowa
Lunch Break 12-1:30
Archaeology Activities, demonstrations, and Laboratory tours 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Pentacrest Activities (weather permitting):
Flintknapping, atlatl and dart throwing, Native American games, hide processing, cat tail processing
Team Archaeology riders, Office of the State Archaeologist displays and information, coloring tables and other activities for little kids
Macbride Hall lab tours:
Anthropology Dept laboratory tours covering North American prehistoric pottery, flint knapping research, Paleolithic research in Namibia, Africa, Neolithic researhc in Portugal, excavation of several mammoths from central Iowa, and others