5th Annual AIA-Museum of Science Archaeology Fair
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America and Boston Museum of Science
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Boston Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 2114
United States


The Archaeological Institute of America and the Boston Museum of Science will host the 5th Annual Archaeology Fair on October 7th and 8th. The fair, part of the programming for Massachusetts Archaeology Month, has been growing every year, thanks to the museums, institutions, and individuals who volunteer to share their knowledge and passion with the public.

2011 Participants:

Archaeological Institute of America

Context Corner: Why is archaeological context so important? Discover information about artifacts based on where they were found- information that could never be discovered if they were found by looting.

Honk! For Site Preservation: Site preservation is an important issue in archaeological ethics. Learn why, and spread the word by making your own bumper sticker!

Boston National Historical Park

Digging up the Past: Come have a hand at “Archaeology in a Box!” Participants will use archaeological tools and methods to “excavate” artifacts as though they were on a real dig.

Diablo Glass School

Glassblowing: Come to an outdoor demonstration and watch an interactive exposition with the tools and materials used to blow glass!

Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club

Learn to  Throw an Atlatl: Come learn about the history of the atlatl and how it was used in the past. Watch a demonstration of the power of this throwing tool, and even get a chance to try it out yourself!

Joe Bagley - Flintknapper

Flintknapping—The Art and Science of Stone Tools: Come see the ancient art of making stone tools! A hands-on display will feature modern arrowheads and other stone tools, and there will be live demonstrations of flintknapping throughout the day.

Legio III Cyrenaica

Roman Living Historians: Come see a display of accurate reconstructions of Roman Legion artifacts and equipment, some of which you can handle and even try on! Learn how to march and maneuver like a Roman soldier, and listen to a lecture describing the life of a man in the Roman army. Even have your photo taken with a Roman soldier!

MA Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources

Underwater Archaeology: Most archaeologists dig in the dirt, but at this table, experience how archaeologists dig in the water! Experience simulated black-water diving, using your sense of touch to identify artifacts. Also record a shipwreck site in a simulated dig, and search for sunken objects using underwater technology!

Massachusetts Archaeological Society/Robbins Museum

Rediscover the Past of Massachusetts: Learn about the history and archaeology of Native Americans in Massachusetts and participate in hands-on activities including corn grinding, hand drilling, artifact examination, along with hand-outs and lively discussion.

Massachusetts Historical Commission

Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Learn about archaeological events in Massachusetts throughout the month of October, and take part in activities that relate everyday items from the past with those of the present.

Museum of African American History

Dig and Discover Black New Englanders of the 18th and 19th Century: Be an archaeologist for a day! Come and experience how to locate artifacts, identify them and place them according to strata and time in a box.

Museum of Science (MOS)

Build Like a Roman: The Romans built amazing structures like the Coliseum and aqueducts that still work after 2,000 years! Become a Roman engineer and build a 6 foot long arch bridge large enough to stand on and walk across.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography

Maya Volcanic Gifts: Volcanoes can be destructive to a civilization, but they can also be beneficial! Come learn how volcanoes gave the ancient Maya raw materials to create amazing works of art and ingenious tools. Make your own glyph-rubbing art, and see hidden words appear from stone.

Plimoth Plantation

Discovering Pottery: Both the Native Wampanoag and the English colonists used ceramics. What can archaeologists learn about a site from broken pottery shards? Participants will have the opportunity to piece together shards from reproduction pots, measure them, and compare them to known examples.

Stratigraphy--Looking at Layers: Learn how archaeologist excavate by following layers of soil and sediment!

Public Archaeology Lab, Inc (PAL)

Small Things Remembered: Explore the hands-on displays and examine different artifacts.

Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology

Bones, Stones & Spears: Evolution of the Early Human Body & Mind: Examine a variety of replica hominid skulls including australopithecines and most homo species as well as a sampling of the early technologies that they developed and utilized such as spears, atlatls, darts, bows and arrows.

Semitic Museum at Harvard University

Trade in the Ancient Near East: Participate in a hands-on activity about ancient near Eastern Trade, examine replica cylinder seals and replica coins from the Semitic Museum collection and take home a piece of bead jewelry!

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Shipwrecks of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Explore the rich maritime heritage of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary through interpretive multimedia displays. Learn about maritime archaeology taking place off the coast of Massachusetts. Try out a hands-on shipwreck mapping exercise.

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