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International Archaeology Day: What You Need to Know

On October 21st, hundreds of organizations across the world will be holding workshops, fairs, and lectures for International Archaeology Day.

“International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organisations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.”
– AIA Website

Below is a taste of the activities planned for all ages organized by the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, with support from the City of London – London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH), and Sustainable Archaeology: Western.

Guided Tour: Behind the Scenes at Sustainable Archaeology (SA)

See where and how tens of thousands of artifacts from archaeological sites across Ontario are stored in a tour by Dr. Heather Hatch, SA Manager. You’ll also see how state-of-the-art 3-D technology is used by archaeologists to study and simulate the past.

Flintknapping Workshop: Lawson Site

Darcy Fallon of the Southern Ontario Flintknappers is back to teach kids and adults the art of flintknapping. Create a projectile point using traditional methods of Canada’s indigenous people.

Artifact Identification: Museum Gallery

The public can bring in their artifacts to be identified by Dana Poulton, an archaeologist in the London Area for over 40 years.

Guided Heritage Tour: Medway Valley

This popular walking tour of the Medway Valley discusses a rich history of the area that spans from the last Ice Age to the present.

Archaeobotony/ ZooArchaeology Interactive Display

Learn how information is gained from plants and animal bones to help us better understand the past.

3-D Scanning – Museum Theatre

Watch as an artifact is scanned from start to finish and placed into the digital world.

Archaeology- Closing an Excavation on Lawson Site

Chat with archaeologists working on the Lawson Site as they close up the summer excavation units before the winter season.

And More!

All events will be at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Drive London, Ontario,

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