With the reappearance this past summer of 1980s movie icon Indiana Jones, people once again want to dig deeper into archaeology. So in celebration of the Ohio Archaeology Month, the Ohio Historical Society is sponsoring two events October 4 at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.
At the Archaeology Fair, learn about the latest discoveries from real-life archaeologists. Topics cover a wide range of archaeological interests:
10:00 Working Together: Nautical Archaeology in Ohio.
10:45 Fort Laurens Musketball concentration: evidence of a fight or fiasco?
11:30 Discovery of the Anthony Wayne.
1:00 Pickawillany: Making sense of the first thing to happen in Ohio.
1:45 Dundee: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
2:30 The Newark Earthworks -- a wonder of the world.
3:15 Ohio's Ancient Treasures .
4:00 WWII Archaeology in the Marianas.
Browse displays, see pottery demonstrations, flint knapping demonstrations, and bring in artifacts you have found for identification. Plus see first hand all the spectacular artifacts on exhibit in Windows to Our Collections. The fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free with museum admission.
In Discover Archaeology!, families work together at a "site" to find out how archaeologists use science, art and a lot of patience to learn about the past. This program runs from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for ages 8 and up and requires a program fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Enrollment limited, advance registration is required.
Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $8 for adults, $7 for senior, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free to Ohio Historical Society members and children ages 5 and under. Parking is $4 and free for members.
For more information on both events, call 614.297.2300/800.686.6124 or go online to www.ohiohistory.org/calendar.