Archaeology Month

April is Alaska Archaeology Month!

The archaeological heritage of 42 states is celebrated each year during their respective Archaeology Months or Weeks. April is Archaeology Month in Alaska, by proclamation of the governor. Educational posters are produced by each state to promote awareness of the value of archaeology and archaeological resources; posters are sent to schools, libraries, agencies, and institutions throughout the state. Production of the annual Alaska Archaeology Month poster is coordinated by the Alaska Anthropological Association’s Public Education Group; sponsors for 2016 include the National Park Service, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Land Management, University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Anthropology, and the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology.

2016

This year’s theme for the Archaeology Month Poster is the Thule Tradition, an archaeological culture dating roughly between 1,000 and 200 years ago. Around AD 1200, some Thule peoples migrated from coastal Alaska eastward into arctic Canada and Greenland. Modern Inuit peoples (the Iñupiaq, Yup’ik, and Sugpiaq in Alaska; the Inuit of Inuvialiut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut in Canada; and the Greenlandic Inuit) are considered to be direct descendants of the Thule.

AK Arch Month 2016

Events

April 16, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Anchorage Museum
Anchorage
Museum Event: Free Kids Day!

In partnership with Anchorage’s Promise, celebrate all of Alaska’s children with free admission and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Play at a renewable energy station. Turn recyclable materials into art in Art Lab. Explore exhibits to learn about traditional lifeways in Alaska’s diverse regions.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo. www.anchoragemuseum.org

April 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
Kotzebue
Public Lecture: The Legacy of Dog Mushing in the Northwest Arctic

Listen to National Park Service anthropologist Hannah Atkinson describe the long and fascinating history and archaeology of dogs and dog mushing in Arctic Alaska. Free admission!

April 20, 2016
7:00 pm
Campbell Creek Science Center
Anchorage
Public Lecture: Melting Glaciers and Old Walrus Bones

The Bering Glacier is melting and material is emerging that’s been frozen for 15,000 years. What is coming out of the ice and what does it tell us about conditions in Alaska and the people who lived here at the end of the last ice age? Listen to UAA professors David Yesner and Kristine Crossen discuss the exciting research that is answering these questions. All ages.

April 20, 2016
7:00 pm
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
Kotzebue
Film: Arctic Circle Film Series – Short Films on Archaeology

Watch one or several short films during this mini film fest focused on the rich archaeological record of northern and western Alaska—one Alaska’s most complex, well-preserved and interesting archaeological regions. Free admission.

April 23, 2016
12:00-4:00 pm
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Fairbanks
Museum Event: Archaeology Expedition Family Day

Experience the fun of fieldwork! See historic Arctic expedition gear, learn about recent archaeological expeditions on military lands and the latest archaeological finds from interior Alaska! Free for kids 14 and under. Sponsored by TOTE Maritime Alaska. www.uaf.edu/museum

April 23, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Fairbanks Children’s Museum
Fairbanks
Museum Event: Super Saturday Printmaking Workshop

Kids, get your hands messy making your own original print or collage with the help of a professional artist and design ideas inspired by Alaska’ ancient past. Free admission sponsored by National Park Service. www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com

April 23, 2016
7:00 pm
Blue Loon
Fairbanks
Public Lecture: Archaeology and the Hunt

Long time hunter Bill Hanlon describes his firsthand experience discovering remains of an ancient hunter emerging from a glacier in British Columbia. Learn about the scientific studies that followed, and the efforts to locate the living relatives of Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi. Family friendly. Doors open at 6 pm, presentation at 7 pm. Tickets $10 at the door, children under 16 free. www.theblueloon.com

April 26, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Anchorage Museum
Anchorage
Public Lecture: Our Perfect Wild

Listen to author Ray Bane — teacher, traveler, anthropologist, conservationist — describe his and wife Barbara’s journeys across northern Alaska. Learn about their efforts to promote stewardship of wild lands, and their insights into the vital connections between land, ancient traditions, and Native ways of life. He, along with co-author Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, will be signing his biography. Free admission.

April 26, 2016
9:00 – 11:30 am
Ft. Wainwright
Fairbanks
Open House: Fort Wainwright Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with Fort Wainwright! Learn about archaeology and history on Army lands. Design your own mini spear thrower! Replicate WWII airplanes! Learn how Fort Wainwright and local agencies care for the environment. Earth Day is free for all. Non-DOD cardholders will have to provide a driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration at the visitor’s center. Location: Physical Fitness Center.

April 28, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Mountain View Branch Library
Anchorage
Public Lecture: Fifteen Fantastic Finds in Alaskan Archaeology

National Park Service archaeologist Jeff Rasic will describe his favorite artifacts from fieldwork in Alaska and research in museums around the world. Some are obvious treasures while others will appear humdrum, but then reveal intriguing stories. One item fits on the head of a pin; another weighs a ton. A few are deadly. One is from outer space. Reception 6:30-7 pm, Presentation 7-8 pm.

April 30, 2016
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage
17th Annual Alaska Atlatl Fun and Throw

Come to this free event and try taking down a mammoth, rhino, or bison with a spear-thrower (atlatl) and dart! Family friendly, for ages 8 and up. For further information call Richard VanderHoek at 907-269-8728.