Hikes Offered for Washington Railway Route
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington and the United States Forest Service offer interpretive hikes and trail maintenance parties on the abandoned Great Northern Railway Route through Skykomish, Washington. Part of the Iron Goat Trail, the hikes and maintenance parties are offered on over 48 Saturdays throughout the year. Go to www.irongoat.org for dates and registration information.
Workshops Scheduled at Parkin Archeological Park
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin, Arkansas, will sponsor several workshops during December. Workshop participants can learn to make baskets, December 6; corn shuck figures, December 13; or rain sticks, December 20. For further information and prices of the workshops, contact the Park Visitor Center at 870-755-2500.
Washington Reports on its October Archaeology Month
Washington state celebrated its 11th annual Archaeology Month in October. This year the theme was Asian Pacific American Archaeology to celebrate the under-studied contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the history of Washington State, sponsored by the National Park Service, the Colville National Forest, Washington Department of Transportation, the Washington State Committee on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Grant County PUD, Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Public Works Board, and the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP). Twenty communities offered 34 events. These events included an excavation for children and adults at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The University of Washington and Seattle Public Utilities sponsored several hands-on events for children and adults to tour sites and analyze artifacts, old letters, photos and diaries at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Several events focused on the upcoming Lewis and Clark bicentennial. To request a poster, visit the web site at www.oahp.wa.gov. For more information, contact Stephenie Kramer, Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, 360-586-3083.
Iowa Reports on Archaeology Month
Iowa Archaeology Month was celebrated across the state September through October. Most of the 90 individual events focused on this year’s theme, the Contact Period and the contributions of archaeology, history, and oral tradition to our knowledge of this tumultuous time. Highlights included presentations on the effect of Euroamerican-introduced technologies and diseases to Native American communities; symposiums on Meskwaki and Ioway archaeology and culture history; Meet Lance Foster, author of a new book on Indians of Iowa; archaeology day celebrations; and exhibits on local archaeology, southwestern Pueblos, and the ancient Roman world. Many K-12 educators involved their students via classroom speakers and traveling resource boxes. Educators were particularly receptive of the IAM 2003 poster, which depicted a pen-and-ink drawing by Lance Foster and photographs of artifacts from Contact Period sites. Well over half of the 8,000 copies of the poster were distributed throughout IAM 2003. The Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, organizes and coordinates IAM each year. Dozens of local organizations—including county conservation centers, museums, local historical societies, schools, and libraries—host events. For more information, contact Lynn Alex, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Office of the State Archaeologist, at 319-384-0561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Sets Archeology Month for March
Arkansas Archeology Month, scheduled for March, has selected the theme of Containers Before Plastic. This annual event offers a variety of activities, including hands-on workshops, exhibits, slide lectures, tours, and special events, on all aspects of archaeology. Activities are held at colleges, museums, state parks, and libraries. For more information, check out the web site at www.uark.edu/campus-resources/archinfo/archmonth.html.