Iowa City Archaeology Fair
Sponsored by AIA; Office of the State Archaeologist; University of Iowa Natural Hstory Museum; University of Iowa Museum of Art; University of Iowa Department of Anthropology
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Macbride Hall, University of Iowa Campus & 700 South Clinton Street
Macbride Hall
Iowa City, IA
United States

Come celebrate the inaugural National Archaeology Day with an afternoon of hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, and a lecture by a world-renowned archaeologist!  Kick off this fun, cultural experience by listening to a lecture by Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Then spend the afternoon taking a trip back in time by exploring the labs of University of Iowa faculty members, touring the Office of the State Archaeologist, seeing demonstrations of early tools, art and technology, and making your own version of a Neolithic plaque. 

Schedule of Activities

1 p.m.: Public lecture by Renowned Archaeologists

Broken Mammoth Bones, Experimental Archaeology and the Early Peopling of North America

Steven and Kathleen Holen, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Macbride Auditorium, University of Iowa campus

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.: Tours of the Office of the State Archaeologist Laboratory

700 South Clinton St. 

See remains from the 13,000-year-long history of human occupation of Iowa with a tour of the laboratory and storage facilities of the Office of the State Archaeologist.

2-5 p.m.: OSA Outreach Tent and Prehistoric Technology Demonstrations

East lawn of MacBride Hall, University of Iowa campus

See and participate in Native American games!  Learn about Iowa history and watch a series of flint-knapping and atlatls (spear-throwing) demonstrations.

2-5 p.m.:  UIMA School Programs Collection: American Indian and First Peoples Art

Eastlawn of MacBride Hall, University of Iowa campus                                  

Interact with Puebloan pottery created with traditional techniques by contemporary artists from San Idelfonso, Santa Clara, Acoma pueblos and the Hopi Nation. Including works by the nephew of Maria Martinez and the daughters of Lucy Lewis, these examples of ceramic art show a wide range of surface design techniques and traditional styles.

2-5 p.m.: Tours of UI Department of Anthropology Faculty Labs

The Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia: Experimental Archaeology

Macbride Hall Room 127 (Dr. Katina Lillios and Jonathan T. Thomas)

Visitors will learn about these enigmatic objects, found over 4000 years ago, in Portugal and Spain. They will also have the opportunity to make their own plaques.

Archaeology of the Pueblo Revolt

MacBride Hall Room 15 (Dr. Margaret Beck and Sarah Trabert)

Visitors will learn about new research at the Scott County Pueblo, a historic period Pueblo site in western Kansas where Puebloan groups lived alongside Plains Apachean groups following the Pueblo Revolt of the late 1600s.


The Archaeology Fair is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the University of Iowa Department of Anthropology.

Contact Information
Brenda Longfellow (Society Contact)


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