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Exhibit Features Jekyll Island Archaeology
Visit the new exhibit, The Finest Property on the Sea Coast: An Exploration of Jekyll Island's Environment, History and Archaeology. The exhibit, a collaboration between Southern Research Historic Preservation Consultants Inc. and The Jekyll Island State Park Authority, examines the natural and cultural environment of the island. It is located in the Island History Center, on Jekyll Island, Georgia, and is open to the public daily. The exhibit is based in large part on archaeological excavations conducted by Southern Research at the Horton House, a colonial tabby ruin. The excavations were an official project of Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service dedicated to preserving our nation's irreplaceable historic and cultural treasures for future generations. For more information contact Gretchen Greminger at ggreminger@dnr.state.ga.us.

Iowa Developing Tribal Resource Kits
The University of Iowa-Office of the State Archaeologist (UI-OSA) in cooperation with members of the Meskwaki tribe (Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa) is developing a series of six tribal resource kits focusing on Meskwaki history and culture. Funded by the Fred Maytag Family Foundation, the kits are designed to highlight the changes in Meskwaki history and culture from Contact Period times to the present. Resources will include hands-on items of material culture, maps, photographs, an audio tape of the Meskwaki language, student activities, teachers' guide, brief history, and an extensive bibliography. Activities are directed at students in 4th through 8th grades. 

Four of the kits will be available for distribution to educators throughout Iowa and two will be retained by the Meskwaki for use in local education and outreach. The kits will be assembled and ready by September 2003. In order to ensure dissemination to up to 150 initial schools in Iowa, the UI-OSA will introduce the kits to educators at state educational conferences. For more information, contact the Office of the State Archaeologist at 319... or check the web site at www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/aleiowarc.htm.

Contact Correction for Double Ditch Site
For further information on North Dakota's Double Ditch Excavations, which appeared as an article in the Winter issue, please contact the State Historical Society of North Dakota at 701....


Arkansas Publishes Soil Description Handbook
The Arkansas Archeological Survey announces the publication of A Handbook of Soil Description for Archeologists, by Gregory Vogel. Short and practical, this 32-page handbook can be taken into the field and used as an aid in describing soil profiles. It is intended as a guide for those with little background in soils or geology. Topics covered in the handbook include sampling soils, soil horizons, color, textures, structure, and factors of soil formation. A glossary and illustrations are included. The handbook sells for $5.00, plus $1.50 postage and handling, and can be ordered from the Arkansas Archeological Survey by calling 479-575-3556 or emailing archpubs@uark.edu.

Toolkit Teaches Novice Archaeologists

The Archaeologist's Toolkit, edited by Larry Zimmerman and William Green, is a new 7-volume paperback set designed to teach novice archaeologists and students the basics of doing archaeology. The complete set, or individual volumes maybe purchased through Altamira Press at www.altamirapress.com.

Shipwreck Database Featured on CD
Northern Maritime Research's Northern Shipwrecks Database, 2002 version, is a CD database with more than 100,000 North American wrecks from the 1500's to the 1900's. The CD covers the four North American coasts, the Great Lakes and inland waterways from the mountains to the ocean plus many wrecks in the West Indies as well as hundreds of North American vessels lost around the world. It also details 800 other resources of maritime related subjects and 1800 dive shops and clubs. For information, check the web site at www.northernmaritimeresearch.com.

Valley of the Kings Featured in New Book for Youngsters
Another book for young people 12 and up and archaeology buffs in Oxford University Press' Digging for the Past Series is now available. Valley of the Kings, by Stuart Tyson Smith and Nancy Stone Bernard, delves into one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The book provides the history of excavation in the Valley, including some delightful anecdotes, and discusses the preservation challenges archaeologists face today. Filled with stunning illustrations, it concludes with an interview with UC Santa Barbara Professor Smith who worked on the ten-year Theban Mapping Project in the Valley. Smith has also been a consultant for the movies Stargate, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. The book is available from www.Amazon.com or direct from Oxford University Press at 800....

CD Teaches Archaeology
Revealing Archaeology is a new instructional software for teaching archaeology from Thinking Strings Interactive Explorations. The CD-ROM runs on both Apple Macintosh and Windows computers. Though designed primarily for college and university courses, much of the material could be adapted to teach high school students. For more information, check the web site at www.thinkingstrings.com or call 973-378-9767.

Resources Available from SAA
The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) has produced a variety of educational resources that are available to help students, teachers, and the general public learn more about archaeology. Most of these resources are available free from the Society's web site (see www.saa.org/pubedu/edmat.html for a complete list). In addition to the web materials, the SAA offers brochures on careers and volunteer opportunities in archaeology, as well as publications for sale, such as History Beneath the Sea: Nautical Archaeology in the Classroom.

The SAA Manager, Education and Outreach, is another resource to consider when looking for information. The Manager is available to answer questions by email, snail mail, or phone, and has access to information about archaeology education resources from many sources. If you are having trouble finding appropriate resources for your classroom or for an outreach activity, the SAA office may be able to help, or find someone who can. For more information, contact Maureen Malloy, Manager, Education and Outreach, Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second Street NE, Suite 12, Washington, DC 20002-3557, phone: 202..., or email: maureen_malloy@saa.org.