International Archaeology Day, October 19, 2013

In honor of International Archaeology Day, 2013, the AIA-Milwaukee Society, together with the Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sponsored an Archaeology Lab open house on the theme of “Games Ancient People Played.” Local archaeologists and students from the Departments of Anthropology, Art History and Classics at UW-Milwaukee, and from Marquette University and the Milwaukee Public Museum presented a variety of games from all over the world, many of which are still played today. Visitors were encouraged to try their hands and skills at them. In the process they learned when and where these games were first played, who played them, and how archaeology helps us to figure them out. Board games from ancient Egypt, Rome and Scandinavia; stick games played by Native Americans; and throwing games dating back as far as Paleolithic times were just some of the fun, interactive games available to try.

Special thanks to Shannon Freire, doctoral candidate in Anthropology at UW-Milwaukee, for her efforts in organizing the event and to all the enthusiastic participants and volunteers who helped make the day a success.

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The next International Archaeology Day will be celebrated on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Stay tuned for more information on new IAD events in Milwaukee.

Games Ancient People Played was the theme of the Milwaukee Society's International Archaeology Day celebration.

Adrienne Frie and Kevin Garstki, UW-Milwaukee Anthropology, demonstrate Dumbbell Boxing in the Adriatic.

Jocelyn Boor, Milwaukee Public Museum, teaches the Egyptian game of Senet to avid players.

IAD visitors learn what games ancient kids played with knucklebones.

Jane Waldbaum, AIA-Milwaukee Society, shows how far back mazes go.

Ancient European board games were a lot of fun.

Derek Counts, UW-Milwaukee, Art History, and John Peine play knucklebones

Getting ready for some Native American stick throwing games.

Marquette University Anthropology students use paper dolls to illustrate some Medieval and Byzantine children's games.