Published: Oct. 19, 2012

Archaeology is everywhere you turn as the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, the Archaeological Institute of America, CU Anthropology and Classics departments join together to celebrate National Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

The day includes family activities as well as research, lectures and gallery tours for adult audiences. A historical Roman enactor from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s  “Day in Pompeii” exhibition will make a special appearance wandering the museum interacting with visitors.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Curator of Anthropology Steve Lekson is excited that the museum is able to coordinate this event. “Archaeology Day provides a great opportunity for our community to explore ancient times.” he said, adding “Archaeology opens up to us 90 percent of human history that can’t be found in books. The first cities, farming, art—all of these things happened long before writing. Archaeology is the only way to know about them.”

The day’s schedule includes:

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.-- Families are invited to participate in hands-on activities from around the world with Mayan animal art, Egyptian scarab beetles, Navajo weaving and Roman and Greek classical ceramic design available to everyone.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Anthropology gallery tour with Steve Lekson, Ph.D.
  • 1 p.m. – Inga Calvin, Ph.D., lecture, “Maya 2012—The End of the World?”
  • 2 p.m.—Tyler Lansford, Ph.D., lecture, “The Destruction of Ancient Rome”
  • 3 p.m.—Steve Lekson, Ph.D., lecture, “Mesa Verde—The Untold Story”

Demonstrations will be provided by the Egyptian Study Society, Colorado Archaeological Society (Indian Peaks Chapter), History Colorado, Denver AIA and PaleoWest Archaeology.