IAD Blog

November 20, 2015

Visitors to AIA-East Tennessee Society’s IAD Event Proved They Really Dig Archaeology

Booth of Mitrou Archaeological Project: writing Linear B (the Mycenaean script) on clay tablets (photo credit: Lindsay Kromer)

The AIA-East Tennessee Society co-sponsored “Can You Dig It? International Archaeology and Fossil Day” on Sunday October 11, 2015 at the McClung Museum for Natural History and Culture, which is located on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. It was a roaring success: some 450 visitors—mostly parents with children—showed up for an afternoon of fun and information about archaeology. Many archaeologists set up booths with info about their research projects and related kids’ activities. 

Our East Tennessee Society booth had Palaeoindian raffia cordage and beadwork activities; other archaeological booths included flint knapping; Mycenaean boar’s tusk helmet making (you had to “shoot” your boar first); writing your name in Linear B or Egyptian hieroglyphs; coloring Greek vases; making Roman coins and shields; pairing animal bones; making clay vases; geoarchaeology; archaeobotany; and much more!

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