Posted by: wadahp | October 8, 2009

UPCOMING ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH EVENTS

Washington State is celebrating its fifteenth annual Archaeology Month, from October 1 through October 31, 2009.  Archaeology Month consists of a series of events held in local communities statewide, to create public awareness about Washington’s archaeological heritage.  Protecting and exploring this archaeological heritage provides us with knowledge of past lifeways, about our ancestors and predecessors as they sought to survive in a rugged, diverse landscape. Please take time this month to reflect upon our ancestors’ efforts to build homes, families, and communities; creating ways of living that sustained them in a changing land. 

This Activity Guide is designed to provide you with many opportunities to participate and enjoy all the archaeological tours, lectures, site visits, exhibits, craft demonstrations, events, and people making Washington’s archaeological heritage something to celebrate and honor.   There is something happening in every corner of our state.  See our website, www.dahp.wa.gov for the full list of events and those that are month-long.

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and all event sponsors invite you to share the past with one another during this very special time.  We encourage you to explore different events, go on a walking tour, participate in an archaeological site visit, or tour a museum exhibit, and become involved in a shared future that seeks to protect and value our archaeological heritage.

Special Events

October 7th – 8th

WHERE:   Beverly TIME:       Kids day; Wednesday Oct. 7th 9am-2:30 pm        Adults day; Thursday October 8th 8:30-3:30 pm

WHAT: Archeology Days at Grant County PUD Hosted by the Wanapum Heritage Center and Cultural Resource Department

LOCATION: Wanapum Heritage Center         

DESCRIPTION: Demonstrations on tule mat weaving, traditional hemp string twining, beading, corn husk weaving, atlatl throwing, and flint knapping throughout the day. Also available for viewing will be the Wanapum Native American Discovery unit, solar power car race demonstration, and tule mat teepee display. Kids day will include crafts, Adults day will include speakers, lunch is provided.

Saturday, October 10th  – Free

WHERE:   Ridgefield                            TIME:       10 am -3pm

WHAT:       Cathlapotle Plankhouse Birdfest & Bluegrass

LOCATION: Cathlapotle Plankhouse in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

DESCRIPTION: Day one of this annual event held in Ridgefield, Washington gives the Plankhouse the opportunity to share and celebrate with visitors the history and traditions of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Join us as we participate in Birdfest festivities with ongoing children’s activities and docent led tours of the plankhouse. Saturday programming will include Flintknapping and tool making demonstrations by Dennis Torresdal, a guided walk to to the site where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped for the night after visiting the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle and a guided walk to the Cathlapotle village site. For more information please visit http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfestandbluegrass.html.

CONTACT:  Katie Harrison at Katie_Harrison@fws.gov or (360) 887-4106

Sunday, October 11

WHERE:   Ridgefield                             TIME:       11 am -3pm

WHAT:       Cathlapotle Plankhouse Birdfest & Bluegrass

LOCATION: Cathlapotle Plankhouse in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

DESCRIPTION: Day two of this annual event held in Ridgefield, Washington gives the Plankhouse the opportunity to share and celebrate with visitors the history and traditions of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Join us as we participate in Birdfest festivities with ongoing children’s activities and docent led tours of the plankhouse. Sunday programming will include People of the Plankhouse: Past and Present presented by Sam Robinson, Vice-Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation, talk by George Aguilar, Sr. , author of When the River Ran Wild! Indian Traditions on the Mid- Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation and a salmon bake including the time-honored tastes of salmon, oysters and clams; complimentary samplings while supplies last. For more information please visit http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfestandbluegrass.html

CONTACT:  Katie Harrison at Katie_Harrison@fws.gov or (360) 887-4106

Thursday, October 15

WHERE:   Spokane                             TIME:       12 noon

WHAT:       Bag Lunch: Discussing Traditional Cultural Place

LOCATION: USDA NRCS Conference Room, 4th Floor, Rock Pointe Tower, 450 W. Boone Ave, Spokane.

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a discussion about conservation of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians precious places.  USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service recently worked with the Kalispel Tribe on a GIS database that assists with streamlining federal conservation programs in their traditional territory.  Presenter Kevin Lyons, Cultural Resources Manager of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians will host the event along with David Brower and Kathleen Callum of the USDA-NRCS.  Bring your lunch and join us!  For more information please contact Kathleen Callum at 509-922-4570 or Kevin Lyons at 509-445-1147.

Sunday, October 18

WHERE: Seattle                                   TIME: 10am -4pm

WHAT: Ice Age Archaeology

LOCATION: Burke Museum, University of Washington Seattle Campus corner of 17thave NE and NE 45th

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a day of exhibits and talks on what life was like during the coldest time the state has ever known. Burke archaeologists and other specialists will be on hand to give you the inside scoop on human life 12,000 years ago. Try your hand at the ancient skill of attaching a spear point to a shaft. See and touch fossils of the giant animals who shared the earth with people during a time when the environment was radically different.

CONTACT: Larkin Hood (206) 646-4415 http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/events/index.php

FEE: Children $6.00 Adults $9.50 Seniors $7.50

Monday, October 19

WHERE:                State Capital Museum           TIME:       12 noon

WHAT:                  Presentation by Dr. Bret Ruby on “The Historical Archaeology of Greene Park: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Fort Lewis and the First World War”

LOCATION:          State Capital Museum,  211 – 21st Ave. SW, Olympia, WA 98501

DESCRIPTION: Everyone who travels I-5 past Fort Lewis is familiar with the huge white wood building that houses the Military Museum.  Some of these travelers know that the Salvation Army originally built the structure as a hotel during World War I.  But almost no one is aware that the building is the last surviving remnant of “Greene Park,” a vast amusement complex built to provide Doughboys with wholesome entertainment.  This presentation by Dr. Bret Ruby, Fort Lewis Cultural Resource Manager, will describe the archaeological investigations that led to the rediscovery of Greene Park, and explores some of the Progressive ideals that led to its original construction.

CONTACT: Susan Rohrer, Manager of the State Capital Museum 360-753-2580

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