Lansing to host Archaeology Day

October 11, 2013 by  

Lansing residents interested in discovering the distant past have an opportunity to talk to people who work in that field this weekend, when the area hosts Archaeology Day.

The meeting brings archaeologists from around the state together in Lansing to trade information and answer questions from the public. The meeting will be held at the Michigan Historical Center.

Past events have drawn hundreds of visitors who relish the opportunity talk face-to-face with the scientists about their recent digs within Michigan. There will be 20 groups or individuals present who will discuss their findings, and display artifacts they have discovered.

The day includes lectures, children’s activities, and interactive events suitable for the whole family. Outdoors, visitors can practice ‘Archaic Hunting Skills’ by trying to hit a deer target using an atlatl (spear-thrower) or darts, similar to those used by hunters in Michigan millennia ago. Inside, people can learn how to make stone tools such as those used for hunting before steel knives were known. Presenters include Wayne Lusardi, who works as a Maritime Archaeologist in notorious Thunder Bay and will discuss the ships lost in the monster storm of 1913.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 12. Admission for the day is free, with events starting at 11:00 am. The center is at 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, and street parking is free during the weekend.

Event organizers are already giving away a poster, and could also consider working with brochure printers to create a handout for the event that lists the presenters, their discoveries, and their ongoing digs, while also providing general information about the field of archaeology to encourage further interest.