Celebrate International Archaeology Day and explore the ancient heart of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday, October 15 with a full day of archaeology fun! In collaboration with the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, archaeology demonstrations, children’s activities, tours, and more will be available throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sign up for the Pueblo Grande Museum mailing list to receive FREE admission for two on IAD2016!
Archaeology aficionados of all ages will have the opportunity to witness preservation techniques on the prehistoric platform mound, do a simulated archaeological dig, attend a lecture sponsored by the Central Arizona (Phoenix) Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and do hands-on archaeology crafts. The Museum will also be offering tours of the archaeological site, as well as have artifact show and tell stations throughout the day. All IAD2016 activities are included with paid Museum admission.
9 a.m. to noon - Preservation demonstrations on the platform mound by the Mudslingers
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Tours of the Archaeological Site
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Artifact Show-and-Tell inside Museum Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Kids Crafts in Dig It Gallery
10 a.m. to noon - Archaeology for Kids simulated excavation area
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - City of Gold: Ancient Marion and Arsinoe Lecture by Dr. Nancy Serwint
Arizona State University professor Dr. Nancy Serwint has worked as a field archaeologist on various sites in the eastern Mediterranean over the last 30 years. Serwint will speak about the excavation of Marion and Arsinoe on the island of Cyprus. Marion derived its fame as one of the ten city kingdoms of the island, and the material remains from the site attest to wide trading contacts with mainland Greece and the Near East as well as a vibrant culture best reflected in the religious architecture and votive offerings dedicated to the gods.
Each year, on the third Saturday of October, the Archaeological Institute of America and collaborating archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or interactive, hands-on programs, this world wide day of celebration provides everyone the chance to indulge their inner Indiana Jones and be an archaeologist for the day.
For more information on this and other events at Pueblo Grande Museum visit pueblogrande.com or call (602) 495-0901. For more information on International Archaeology Day visit archaeological.org/archaeologyday for events happening all around the world!