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Texarkana Archeology Fair Set for October

The Texarkana Archeology Fair, sponsored by the Texarkana Museums System, will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas. Presentations will be made by the Arkansas Archeological Society, the Texas Archeological Society, and the Caddo Nation. Crafts, demonstrations, historical games, and living history performances will be part of the festivities. For more information, contact Brian Bray or Ina McDowell at 903-793-4831 or email bbray@cableone.net. Or check the web site at www.texarkanamuseums.org.

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Offers Fall Pottery Class

Experienced ceramist John Guerin will offer a Traditional Pottery Making workshop at Tucson's Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Tucson, AZ, Sunday afternoons, September 22 through November 3. The class includes a field trip in which participants will dig their own clay. This course is designed to help modern people understand how prehistoric Native Americans made and used pottery. The instructor will demonstrate pottery-making techniques he has learned from modern Native American potters to help participants learn to make pottery the way it has been made in the Southwest for over 2,000 years using gourd scrapers, mineral paints, and yucca brushes—which are still used by Native Americans to maintain the spirit of the traditional pottery—instead of modern potters' wheels and paint. The course includes some history of southwestern Anasazi, Mogollon, Pueblo, and Hohokam pottery-making. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information call 520-79....

Arkansas To Celebrate Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial in 2003
The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial will be celebrated in Arkansas in 2003. The official web site includes information about the Louisiana Purchase survey, as well as information on events and suggestions for teachers on how to include this historic celebration in classroom activities. For more information, check the web site at  www.lapurchase.org//

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ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKS/MONTHS

Vermont Expands Archeology Week to Archeology Month

The Vermont Archeological Society, in partnership with the Vermont State Historic Preservation Office, will be celebrating Archeology Month in September. Each year, archeology events have occurred over a number of weeks and too much was clustered in a single week. The sponsors also thought that educators could plan better and increase involvement if the celebration was a month long. For further information, check the web site at  www.vtarchaeology.org/vam.htm.

Iowa Celebrates 10th Archaeology Month

The theme for the 10th anniversary of Iowa Archaeology Month, September 2002, will be Bags, Bowls, Boxes, and Baskets: Life Before Plastic. The theme will highlight the importance that containers of various styles, shapes, and kinds have played throughout Iowa history and the evidence they leave in the archaeological record. Beginning with woven basketry, ceramics, skin bags, and wooden boxes of Native Americans through the glass bottles, wooden trunks, and metal buckets of early pioneers, containers from throughout Iowa's history provide interesting examples of items that met similar functions but were executed in widely varying shapes and styles.

Events across the state this year include a volunteer excavation at a historic pottery factory, demonstrations of historic and prehistoric ceramic and basketry manufacture, tours of historic kilns and kiln sites, and museum and historical society exhibits. For more information, call 319-384-0561 or check the web site at www.uiowa.edu/~osa/.

Indiana Expands to Archeology Month for September

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is pleased to announce that after six successful years of Indiana Archaeology Week, the state will now expand the event to Indiana Archaeology Month, which will be held in September. Each year various individuals, organizations, universities and museums hold events. These events range from activities such as archaeological laboratory open-houses, artifact identifications, lectures on archaeological topics, archaeological excavations, and much more. The Division is committed to providing quality, free educational materials to the interested public. One of the new products this year is a publication titled Archaeology in Your Community, which provides the reader with a brief overview of archaeological projects that have been happening around Indiana. For further information, call 317... or check the web site at www.ai.org/dnr.

Arkansas Archeology Month Set for October

Arkansas Archeology Month 2002 will be held in October. The theme for this year's event is Made From Clay: Cooking & Craftsmanship. Some 46 different events or exhibits are scheduled at 26 venues throughout the state, including museums, state parks, and libraries. Information on Arkansas Archeology Month can be found on the Arkansas Archeological Survey's web site at www.uark.edu/campus-resources/archinfo/archmonth.html. For 2003, Arkansas Archeology Month will move to March. The theme for 2003 will be Archeology & the Louisiana Purchase. For more information, contact Mary Kwas, Archeology Month Coordinator, at 479-575-6549 or  mkwas@uark.edu.

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