Special Events

National Archaeology Day, October 20, 2012

October 20, 2012 is the second annual National Archaeology Day, a day when the excitement of archaeological discovery will be celebrated by AIA local societies and other archaeological groups across North America. In honor of this event the AIA-Milwaukee Society and UWM's Archaeological Research Laboratory are sponsoring an Open House at the Archaeology Lab where the Archaeology of Food and Drink will be explored.

Bettinsa Arnold showeing a visiting a publication

How do we know what the people whose material culture we dig up ate and drank, and how did they find, grow, and prepare their food? What kinds of technologies and methods are used to determine whether a pottery vessel was used to transport or store wine as compared to an alcoholic beverage? What did the gruel eaten by the native inhabitants of Wisconsin taste like? How did Iron Age Europeans make their beer? Come join us for special displays and demonstrations on "The Archaeology of Food and Drink" at UW-Milwaukee's Archaeological Research Laboratory, in Sabin Hall, Room 275, on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (3413 North Downer Ave, Milwaukee). Professors and graduate students in the Anthropology Department working on archaeological material from different sites around the globe will show what the finds from their excavations have to tell us about the foodways of the peoples who lived there.

Since space in the lab is tight it would help us to know approximately how many are planning to attend. If you would like to come (no commitment) please let us know how many are in your party. For more information or to pre-register contact Bettina Arnold at aiamke@milwpc.com. We hope to see you and your families and friends there!

For more on National Archaeology Day and to see what other activities are being hosted at other local societies click on: http://www.archaeological.org/NAD.

Seth Schneider demonstrating the XRF machine

Fourth Annual AIA-MPM Archaeology Fair, March 1 & 2, 2013

The Fourth Annual Milwaukee Archaeology Fair will be held March 1 and 2, 2013 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Jointly sponsored by the AIA-Milwaukee Society and the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Fair will feature numerous hands-on, family-friendly demonstrations, exhibits and activities designed to make the world of archaeology come alive. Real live archaeologists from local universities, museums and historic groups together with students and museum educators will be on hand to show you how peoples from the past lived their daily lives, buried their dead, and went to war.

Admission to the AIA-MPM Archaeology Fair is free with regular Museum admission. Please note that AIA members get half off museum admission by showing their AIA membership card when they get to the museum (does not work with advance reservations).

Learn about the MPM's mummies.

Hours: Friday, March 1, 2013; 10am - 3pm | Saturday, March 2, 2013; 10am - 3pm
Teachers with school groups and home schoolers are particularly invited to attend on Friday, March 1. See MPM's Fieldtrip Guidelines at: http://www.mpm.edu/education/fieldtrips/ or call: 414.278.2714 for information or to make a reservation.

Scenes from the 2012 Archaeology Fair.