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1st North American Archaeological Film Festival Planned for July

An International Film and Video Festival, sponsored by The Archaeology Channel, will be held July 16-19 in Eugene, Oregon. The festival will present four days of juried films and videos on archaeological and indigenous topics to exhibit the wonderful diversity of human cultures past and present in the exploration of our place in history and in our world. This is the first specifically archaeological film and video festival in North America, patterned after similar successful festivals in Europe. Sixty-four films and videos representing the best works from 19 countries and 5 continents will compete for prizes. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Jean Clottes and Dr. Brian Fagan. Associated activities will include field trips and children's activities. For more information, check The Archaeology Channel web site at www.archaeologychannel.org/content/TACfestival.shtml.

Indiana State Museum Schedules Archaeology Programs for Kids
Indiana State Museum is offering a new workshop for students in grades 4-12, called Indiana Cultural History Mystery. Students become the archaeologist as they analyze artifacts left behind by various Native American cultures in Indiana's past to solve the puzzle: Who was here first? Reservations for the workshop can be made throughout the school year. In addition, Archeology Camp, geared for grades 5-8, is scheduled for June 9-11 and June 16-18. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including a mapping puzzle, making pottery, and garbology. Campers will also have the opportunity to explore the museum's archaeology collections and, weather and project permitting, visit a working archaeology excavation. Both the workshop and camps will be help at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. For more information visit the museum's web site at www.indianamuseum.org or contact Gail Brown at 317-234-2412 or  gbrown@dnr.state.in.us.

Archaeology Shows Off at the Iowa State Fair
The Office of the State Archaeologist will be part of the University of Iowa's booth at this summer's Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Sunday, August 10. OSA's contribution will be Archaeology in Iowa, highlighting what is known about the state's archaeology from projects in all 99 Iowa counties. Authentic demonstrations of ancient technologies and interactive computer mapping of archaeological sites will be featured. The booth provides a kick-off event to promote Iowa Archaeology Month 2003 to thousands of fair-goers. For more information contact Lynn Alex ((lynn-alex@uiowa.edu).

Hohokam Culture Presentation Planned

Arts and Culture of the Ancient Hohokam Indians, a free presentation by archaeologist Allen Dart, will be presented September 21 in Prescott, Arizona, and October 9 in Kingman, Arizona. This program tells about the Hohokam archaeological culture that flourished in the valleys of the Salt, Verde, Gila, and Santa Cruz rivers from the 6th-15th centuries, and shows how archaeologists use artifacts, architecture, and other material culture items to identify Hohokam archaeological sites and to interpret how these Native Americans tamed the Sonoran Desert for eight centuries before their culture mysteriously disappeared. The program features slides of Hohokam artifacts, rock art, and other cultural features, a display of authentic prehistoric artifacts, and recommended readings. For information about the presentation, contact Allen Dart at 520-798-1201 or adart@oldpueblo.org in Tucson.


4th Annual Ohio Archaeology Week Set for June
The public is invited to help celebrate the 4th annual Ohio Archaeology Week to run June 15-21. Ohio Archaeology Week's mission is to promote awareness of Ohio's cultural heritage as revealed through nearly 200 years of archaeological research. A series of state-wide educational events designed to highlight archaeological research throughout Ohio are planned. Past events have included tours of local museums/parks, visits to on-going archaeological digs, demonstrations of ancient pottery making and flint knapping, prehistoric and historic artifact identification sessions, virtual tours of archaeology excavations, Native American story telling, and several public presentations by archaeologists, among many others. General events information for this year can be obtained from Linda Whitman, Chair of Ohio Archaeological Council Education Committee, at 330-972-6179, or email at
whitman@uakron.edu. The 2003 Ohio Archaeology Week is a volunteer effort, jointly sponsored by several state museums and educational programs including the Ohio Archaeological Council (www.ohioarchaeology.org).

Indiana Archaeology Month Set for September

Indiana Archaeology Month will be September 2003. This is Indiana's largest yearly event for public education regarding archaeology. Many educational materials and numerous events will be available. Contact Amy Johnson, Archaeology Month Coordinator, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, at 317-232-1646 or check the web site at
www.in.gov/dnr/historic/archeomonth/home.htm for more information.

In September 2003, Indiana University will return to the Hovey Lake archaeological site, near Mt. Vernon in Posey County, Indiana, to continue a multi-year program of research and public education, thanks to the support of a Transportation Enhancement grant and matching-fund contributions. The research will involve Ground Penetrating Radar surveys and test excavation samples from the village and plaza sectors of this large Mississippian village.

The Indiana Archaeology Month celebration in this region will include 1) special on-site classes for 4th grade students studying Indiana history (contact
munsonc@indiana.edu); 2) an Excavation Open House for the general public, tentatively scheduled for September 20-21; 3) a website (www.indiana.edu/~archaeo); and 4) exhibits, and other activities.

Illinois Features Prairie Theme for Archaeology Month

The Illinois Archaeological Survey is pleased to announce Prairie Encounters Frontier Archaeology in Illinois as the theme of the September 2003 Archaeological Awareness Month. People interested in learning more about the theme, calendar of events, educational opportunities and the organization are invited to take a look at the Awareness Month website,
www.IllinoisArchaeology.org. Anyone interested in sponsoring an event may sign up or request an archaeologist to speak from our speaker's bureau online, just click on calendar and then further click on calendar events.

Iowa Archaeology Month Planned for Fall
"Contact" is the theme for this year's Iowa Archaeology Month (IAM) to be held September 20 through October 19. The overall objective of IAM is to foster awareness and appreciation for Iowa's prehistoric and historic heritage and the role of archaeology in its understanding. Presentations across the state will focus on the period just prior to the Corps of Discovery's trek across the newly purchased District of Louisiana, the diverse Native peoples who saw them coming, and what we know of this tumultuous time from the perspectives of archaeology, history, and oral tradition. IAM receives major financial sponsorship from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Iowa Archeological Society, the State Historical Society of Iowa, The University of Iowa-Office of the State Archaeologist, and the Midwest Archaeological Center-National Park Service. The Iowa Archaeology Month 2002 poster placed third in the SAA's annual archaeology week poster contest. For more information contact Lynn Alex (
lynn-alex@uiowa.edu) or check out the web site at www.uiowa.edu/~osa.

Alaska Archaeology Month Marks Success Throughout State

A very successful Alaska Archaeology Month drew to a close at the end of April, with programs and activities held in Anchorage, Juneau, Kodiak, and Ketchikan, as well as a number of small communities in the south-central and southwestern regions of the state. One hands-on kids' activity called Layer upon Layer, developed by Public Education Group members (Alaska Anthropological Association), was taken on the road (actually in Alaska it is more appropriate to say "by bush plane") to schools in the villages of Chignik Lagoon, Perryville, and Naknek.

In Anchorage, the sixth annual Alaska atlatl competition was one of many activities held during Archaeology Month. Kids had the opportunity to throw atlatl darts at a seal target while sitting in a kayak and also learn about ancient skills, such as bow-making and fire-starting techniques. An evening lecture, featuring an archeologist, historian, geologist, and a De'naina leader, took place at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and highlighted the topic of this year's poster, the Kijik National Historic Landmark, an extraordinary De'naina archaeological district. Archeologists also reached over 500 Anchorage school kids, ranging in age from 2nd graders to seniors in high school, by visiting the schools and presenting classroom lectures. For additional information, contact Becky Saleeby, National Park Service, Anchorage, 907-644-3205.

Arkansas Archeology Month Celebration Serves 3,000

Arkansas Archeology Month was held in March. The theme this year was Archeology & the Louisiana Purchase to tie in with Arkansas's celebration of that event and its promotion through other state agencies. Forty-seven different events were scheduled around the state at venues including state parks, museums, and universities. All attendance figures are not yet in, but it appears that nearly 3,000 people were served. Information on Arkansas Archeology Month, including background information on the theme, can be found on the Arkansas Archeological Survey's web site at
www.uark.edu/campus-resources/archinfo/archmonth.html. For more information, contact Mary Kwas, Archeology Month Coordinator, at 479... or mkwas@uark.edu.