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October is Archaeology Month in Mississippi!

Archaeology month activities include public talks on archaeology and archaeological methods, visits to ongoing archaeological fieldwork projects, site tours, and even fieldwork opportunities. All events are free and open to the public. Listed below are some of the activities scheduled. Additional programs and updates will be posted here as they become finalized. Our 2017 sponsors include:

Mississippi Archaeological Association
Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation

Mississippi Archaeology Month wouldn't be possible without the help of our sponsors and you can join them in their support by making a donation below.
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Archaeology Month 2017 Calendar of Events

Northern Region

  • Date: Wednesday, October 4, 4 - 5 pm
    Place: Starkville Public Library
    Event: Public talk by archaeologist Evan Peacock of Mississippi State University. His talk is entitled "Why Archaeology Matters (and What You can Do to Help!)." A display of archaeological artifacts from around the world will be on display in the library all month long.
    Contact: Ginny Holtcamp, ginnym@starkville.lib.ms.us

  • Date: Saturday, October 7, 9 am - 12 pm
    Place: Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, Starkville
    Event: Artifact identification session with MSU archaeologists Janet Rafferty and Evan Peacock
    Contact: Derek Anderson, 662-325-3826

  • Date: Saturday, October 7, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: Cobb Institute of Archaeology, MSU
    Event: Mock Archaeological Excavation for Kids
    Contact: Derek Anderson, 662-325-3826

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 6:15 -7:15 pm
    Place: Simrall Hall (Room 100), MSU
    Event: Dr. George Bey of Millsaps College will present a public lecture entitled, "2000 Years of Maya Civilization: Recent Research in Northern Yucatan"
    Contact: Derek Anderson, 662-325-3826

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: Ingomar Mounds, Union County
    Event: MSU archaeologists Janet Rafferty and Evan Peaock will be assisting with tours and other activities at the Ingomar Mounds site
    Contact: Derek Anderson, 662-325-3826

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 12 - 4 pm
    Place: 114 Lamar Hall, University of Mississippi, Oxford
    Event: Archaeological labs open house with display of artifacts from the Department of Anthropology's collections. Archaeologists will be on hand to answer questions.
    Contact: Dept. of Anthropology, 662-915-7421

Delta Region

  • Date: Wednesday - Friday, October 25 - 27, 9 am - 2 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds Park, Greenville
    Event: Native American Days: this program will feature Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, games, food, dancing, singing, primitive weapons demonstrations, and children's activities. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call to register your school group.
    Contact: Winterville Mounds, 662-334-4684

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 10 am - 4 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds Park, Greenville
    Event: Mississippi Archaeology Expo: As part of Archaeology Month, the annual Expo will feature educational activities for all ages. Professional archaeologists will share their skills and knowledge, and visitors can observe artifact displays, flintknapping, and a variety of other demonstrations. Local vendors will be there with a variety of food and snacks. The event is free and open to the general public.
    Contact: Winterville Mounds, 662-334-4684

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 10 am and 2 pm
    Place: Rolling Fork Visitors Center, 338 Walnut St. (just off Hwy 61), Rolling Fork
    Event: Great Delta Bear Affair Mound tours: Archaeologist Sam Brookes will conduct Native American mound tours at the Great Delta Bear Affair. There will be two tours of Indian Mounds. Both tours will depart from the Rolling Fork Visitors Center. The first tour departs at 10 am and the second at 2 pm. Come early and view the superb archaeological exhibit in the Visitors Center.
    Contact: Sam Brookes, sambrookes@bellsouth.net

Central Region

  • Date: Tuesday, October 3, 6 pm
    Place: Small USDA Building located next to the Strawberry Patch Park and Old Canton Road, Madison
    Event: Monthly meeting of the Jackson Area Chapter of the MAA: the Jackson Chapter will have special events during their monthly meeting including local archaeology and artifact experts, artifact displays, and refreshments.
    Contact: Tony Payne, 601-672-7955

  • Date: Thursday, October 19, 2 pm
    Place: Jackson Country Club, Jackson
    Event: Public talk by archaeologist Sam Brookes entitled, "The Prehistory of Mississippi" to the Annandale Chapter of the DAR
    Contact: Sam Brookes, sambrookes@bellsouth.net

Southern Region

  • Date: Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 - 12, 8:30 am - 12 noon
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Student Days: This field trip program brings in children from Mississippi and Louisiana Schools to educate them about the local Native Americans and French Colonists who once resided in southwest Mississippi through hands-on demonstrations and unique educational opportunities. This event is free to all school groups but space is limited.
    Contact: Grand Village, (601) 446-6502

  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: USM Anthropology Laboratory, 304 N. 37th Avenue (corner of N 37th and Montague St.), Hattiesburg
    Event: Archaeology Open House The University of Southern Mississippi Anthropology Department will have an "Archaeology Open House." Activities will include games for kids, a mock archaeology dig and Native American artifact displays. Archaeologist will be on hand to answer any questions.
    Contact: Dr. Ed Jackson, (601) 266-4306

  • Date: Thursday, October 26, 6 - 8 pm
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Speaker Series: Louisiana Archaeological Society editor, Dennis Jones, will discuss the travels of William Bartram, America's first native born naturalist, paying particular attention to his time among the Alabama Indians just south of present day Baton Rouge, as evidenced through archaeological investigations at the Chatsworth Plantation.
    Contact: Grand Village, (601) 446-6502

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 28 - 29, all day
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Music at the Mounds: Two-day concert featuring Americana and Roots Music performed by 12 acts. Local cuisine and art vendors will also be on hand. The event is open to the public and the cost of entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.
    Contact: Grand Village, (601) 446-6502

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