This past Saturday, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World at Brown University opened its doors in celebration of International Archaeology Day. AIA Narragansett organized a range of events and activities, including a stratigraphy station; an artifact lab featuring pottery, coins, glass, and figures; and a bone lab with human and animal skeletons. We also welcomed young archaeologists in grades 7-12 (and some much younger!) for Young Archaeologists’ Day. Outside, the Archaeology of College Hill class was excavating the home of Brown’s first president and accepting volunteers; we also set up an area where visitors could take part in reconstructing the footprint of ancient homes. And of course, the Haffenreffer Museum also had a full day of events.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the day.
Archaeology of College Hill
Of course, none of the great activities above would have been possible without the help of our volunteers-who came from the departments in Archaeology, Anthropology, History of Art, Classics, and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies. If you attended and enjoyed the day and would like to be notified of future upcoming events, please consider supporting your local AIA chapter by joining the AIA and selecting “AIA Narragansett“.
Thanks for a great day everyone-hope to see you next year!
The International Archaeology Day events are free and open to the public. We are also inviting young archaeologists in grades 7-12 to participate in Young Archaeologists’ Day.
Indoors at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University and outside on the Quiet Green (behind the Institute-for directions, click here).
Saturday, 19th October, from 10AM-2PM (indoor events) and 10AM-4PM (College Hill excavation)
As part of International Archaeology Day, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University will be having an “Open Day”. Visit this historic building and view a number of interesting small exhibits from their collections.
AIA Narragansett has organized several activities throughout the building, including:
Welcome Area: Information and light refreshments (main foyer) The Bone Lab: Experts will be on hand to show specimens and talk about how we answer complex archaeological questions using human and animal remains. (seminar room) The Material Culture Lab: Meet our experts on coins and pottery and find out about daily life in the ancient world. (mezzanine) Young Archaeologists’ Day: Young archaeologists grades 7-12 are invited to join us for lunch from 12-2 to find out more about archaeology and how they can get involved. (common room) Build an Ancient House: Help lay out floorplans of houses from different civilizations, from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. (outdoors; quiet green) College Hill excavation: Stop by Brown University’s search for the home of the first university President, from 10-4PM. (outdoors; quiet green)
Don’t forget to stop by the Haffenreffer Museum, who also have a great range of activities planned.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @NarragansettAIA.