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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. This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. Other sponsors include:

Mississippi Archaeological Association
Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists
Cobb Institute of Archaeology, MSU
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Mississippi
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Headwaters, Inc.

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Archaeology Month 2015 Calendar of Events

Northeast Region

  • Date: Saturday, September 26, 9 am - 2 pm
    Place: Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival (W.O.L.F.) at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
    Event:Artifact identification table manned by MSU archaeologist, Keith Baca
    Contact: Andrea Dunstan: 662.323.554 ext. 226 or andrea_dunstan@fws.gov

  • Date: Friday, October 9, 7 pm - until
    Place: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church (5530 Shady Grove Road, Memphis, TN)
    Event: Public talk for the Memphis Archaeology and Geology Society titled "Recent Finds from Khirbet Summeily, Israel" by MSU archaeologist James Hardin.
    Contact: Carol Lybanon: sgcarol@earthlink.net

  • Date: Saturday, October 10, 10 am - 3 pm
    Place: Amory Regional Museum
    Event: Artifact identification table manned by MSU archaeologists Derek Anderson and Shane Miller.
    Contact: Derek Anderson: dta49@msstate.edu or Bo Miller: 662.256.2761

  • Date: Friday, October 16, 7 pm - until
    Place: Mississippi State University, McCool Hall (Rogers Auditorium - Room 100)
    Event: Public talk by University of Memphis archaeologist, Ryan Parish, titled "Prehistoric Human Behavior as Viewed through Tool-Stone Resources.
    Contact: Derek Anderson: dta49@msstate.edu

  • Date: Friday, October 23, 8 am - 12 pm
    Place: New Hope High School, Columbus
    Event: Career Day archaeology talk by MSU archaeologist, Jeffrey Alvey.
    Contact: Jeffrey Alvey: jsa3@msstate.edu

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, Starkville
    Event: Artifact identification table manned by MSU archaeologists Derek Anderson and Shane Miller.
    Contact: Derek Anderson: dta49@msstate.edu

  • Date: Sunday, October 25, 2 pm - until
    Place: Plymouth Bluff Nature Center, Columbus
    Event: Public talk by MSU archaeologist, Nick Herrmann, on recent work at human burial recovery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center cemetery in Jackson.
    Contact: Dave Haffly: 662.241.6214 or pdhaffly@muw.edu

  • Date: Friday, October 30, 7 pm - until
    Place: Mississippi State University, McCool Hall (Rogers Auditorium - Room 100)
    Event: Public talk by archaeologist Stephen Carmody on "The Archaeology of Native Cultigens."
    Contact: Derek Anderson: dta49@msstate.edu

  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: Ingomar Mounds, Union County, MS
    Event: Ingomar Mounds Tour & Activities (including atlatl competition and flint-knapping) led by MSU archaeologists Evan Peacock and Janet Rafferty
    Contact: Jill Smith: 662.538.0014 or jill@ucheritagemuseum.com

  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 10 am - 2 pm
    Place: Cobb Institute of Archaeology (lawn), MSU
    Event: Dig simulation @ Cobb Institute. Kids of all ages are welcome for a hands-on learning event for Mississippi Archaeology Month. They will participate in the excavation of a mock site full of simulated artifacts. The participants will actively learn about archaeology: the tools, techniques and artifacts found. Refreshments will be served, and the Lois Dowdle Cobb Archaeological Museum will be open to the public throughout the event.
    Contact: Dylan Karges: dpk1@msstate.edu

Delta Region

  • Date: Saturday, October 3, 1 - 3 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds Park, Greenville, MS
    Event: Mock Excavation, young and old are invited to participate in a mock excavation at the mounds to learn about archaeological techiques. All tools will be provided.
    Contact: To register, call 601.334.4684 or info@wintervillemounds.com

  • Date: Saturday, October 3, 1 - 3 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville, MS
    Event: Artifact identification at Winterville Mounds. Winterville Mounds archaeologist Mark Dingeldein and other MDAH archaeologists will be on hand to determine the age, origin, and function of artifacts. The public is encouraged to bring their private artifact collections for identification
    Contact: To register, call 601.334.4684 or info@wintervillemounds.com

  • Date: Monday, October 12 through January 1
    Place: Arcola Mounds, Old Highway 61 just south of the town of Arcola, MS
    Event: Fieldwork Opportunity at the Arcola Mounds Site: Archaeology graduate student Jessica Kowalski from the University of Alabama is requesting volunteer help with her fieldwork at the Arcola Mounds. Join Jessica to help her investigate this interesting prehistoric site.
    Contact: Jessica Kowalski, 901.848.4630 or jakowals@gmail.com

  • Date: Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 pm - until
    Place: Sharkey-Issaquena County Library (116 East China Street, Rolling Fork, MS)
    Event: Lower Delta Talks presentation titled "The Mississippi Mound Trail" by archaeologist Sam Brookes.
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 10 am and 1 pm (two tours)
    Place: Tours depart from the Rolling Fork Visitors Center & Museum (380 Walnut Street, Rolling Fork, MS)
    Event: Indian Mounds Tour in Rolling Fork area led by archaeologist Sam Brookes
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, October 28-30, 9 am - 3 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds, Greenville, MS
    Event: Native American Days 2015 will feature Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, games, food, dancing, singing, primitive weapons, and children's activities. Meet Native American members of the Chickasaw of Oklahoma, the Choctaw Southern Pine Singers, the Native American Cultural Exchange, and Houma Nations. Representatives from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Southern Traditional Archery Association will also be present. This year will include the first ever night-time event, "Luak Chito: The Great Fire," featuring traditional song and dance around a bonfire. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
    Contact: 601.334.4684 or info@wintervillemounds.com

  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 6 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville, MS
    Event: Luak Chito - Native American Days Bonfire. Gather your friends and family for an unforgettable night under the stars! Join members of the Chickasaw of Oklahoma, the Choctaw Southern Pine Singers, the Native American Cultural Exchange, and Houma Nations for demonstrations of traditional Native American songs, dances, and storytelling around the Great Fire. Native American food - including tacos, buffalo burgers, buffalo sausage, corn, hot tamales, fish and more - and crafts, will be available for purchase. Parking is available on site. Admission is free.
    Contact: 601.334.4684 or info@wintervillemounds.com

  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 1 - 4 pm
    Place: Winterville Mounds, Greenville, MS
    Event: Trick or Treat at Winterville Mounds. Bring your family and visit in costume for free candy at Winterville Mounds. Parking is available on site. Admission is free
    Contact: 601.334.4684 or info@wintervillemounds.com

Central Region

  • Date: Thursday, October 1 - Sunday, November 1
    Place: The Old Capitol Museum, Jackson
    Event: The Mummy Returns. The famous "Mummy" returns again to greet her adoring fans during the month of October 2015.
    Contact: 601.576.6920 or info@oldcapitolmuseum.com

  • Date: Tuesday, October 6, 10:30 am
    Place: Jackson Municipal Art Gallery
    Event: Public talk sponsored by the Legacy Antique Club titled "Mississippi Treasures from the Past: 4000 BC - 1729 AD" by archaeologist Sam Brookes
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Tuesday, October 6, 6 pm
    Place: USDA Building on Old Canton Road (next to Strawberry Park), Madison
    Event: Public talk for Mississippi Archaeological Association, Jackson Chapter titled "Mississippi Treasures from the Past: 4000 BC - 1729 AD" by archaeologist Sam Brookes.
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Wednesday, October 7, 12 noon
    Place: William F. Winters Archives and History Building, Jackson
    Event: History is Lunch. Public talk by Blake Wintory, assistant director of Lakeport Plantation, titled "Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County, Mississippi, and Chicot County, Arkansas.
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Tuesday, October 13 - Thursday, October 15
    Place: TBA
    Event: "Kids in the Woods" program sponsored by the National Forest Service of Mississippi.
    Contact: Brenda Reed, brendalreed@fs.fed.us

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 12 noon
    Place: William F. Winter Archives & History Building, Jackson
    Event: History is Lunch. Public discussion of the new book "Senator James Eastland: Mississippi's Jim Crow Democrat" by author Maarten Zwiers. Sales and signing to follow.
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 10 am - 4 pm
    Place: The Green at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson
    Event: Mississippi Archaeology Expo. The annual Archaeology Expo is a hands-on family affair that showcases numerous educational activities for all ages. Professional archaeologists will share their skills and knowledge, and visitors can observe flint-knapping, artifact displays, ground-penetrating radar demonstrations, and a mock archaeological dig. Other highlights will include face painting, bracelet making, pendant coloring, ceramic making, and atlatl throwing. The event is free.
    Contact: 601.576.6944 or info@oldcapitolmuseum.com

  • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 12 noon
    Place: William F. Winter Archives & History Building, Jackson
    Event: History is Lunch. Presentation of "10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi" by Mississippi Heritage Trust director, Lolly Barnes.
    Contact: Patty Miller-Beech, pmbeech@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 5 - 8 pm
    Place: Old Capitol Museum, Jackson
    Event: Present Meets Past 2015. Meet key figures who helped shape the history of the Old Capitol and Mississippi.
    Contact: 601.576.6920 or info@oldcapitolmuseum.com

Southern Region

  • Date: Wednesday, October 14 & Thursday, October 15, 8:30 am - 12 noon
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Students Days at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. This field trip program brings in children from Mississippi and Louisiana schools to educate them about the local Native American 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: 601.446.6502 or banderson@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, all day
    Place: De Soto National Forest
    Event: Passport in Time, Part One. Assist the district archaeologist for the De Soto National Forest and learn about archaeological lab techniques. Artifacts are from the spring 2015 excavation at the John Fairley homestead, a historic archaeological site located within the National Forest.
    Contact: Robert Reams: 601.584.8488 ext. 109

  • Date: Sunday, October 25, 11 am - 6 pm
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Music at the Mounds. One day concert featuring Americana and Roots music performed by six acts. Local cuisine and art vendors will also be on hand. The event is open to the public and the cost of entry is $5 per adult and $3 per child. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.
    Contact: 601.446.6502 or lharris@mdah.state.ms.us

  • Date: Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30, all day
    Place: De Soto National Forest
    Event: Passport in Time, Part Two. Assist the district archaeologist for the De Soto NF and learn a few archaeological survey techniques. Volunteers will assist in metal-detection and testing methodology in locating historic homesteads and possibly unmarked graves (with the assistance of Dr. Marie Danforth, forensic bioarchaeologist, USM).
    Contact: Robert Reams: 601.584.8488 ext. 109

  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 6:30 - 9 pm
    Place: Historic Jefferson College, Natchez
    Event: Ghost Tales around the Campfire & Halloween Duck Hunt. Families are invited out to listen to (not too scary) ghost tales, related by local story tellers, while gathered around a blazing bonfire. Afterwards, children can search the grounds and buildings for rubber ducks, which they get to keep. Families should bring a blanket, flashlight, and bag. This program is free.
    Contact: 601.442.2901 or infor@historicjeffersoncollege.com

  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 6 - 8 pm
    Place: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez
    Event: Louisiana archaeologist, Dennis Jones, will present a program regarding the archaeology of a prehistoric Native American site in Monroe Parish, Louisiana. This program will focus on the historic cemetery at the Filhiol Mound site, similar to the prehistoric Mazique site just south of Natchez.
    Contact: 601.446.6502 or lharris@mdah.state.ms.us

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