International Archaeology Day Expo Planned Oct. 15

Annual event celebrates archaeology and the thrill of discovery

graninger at expo

UCR history professor Denver Graninger talks with a visitor at a previous International Archaeology Day Expo.

RIVERSIDE, California – Investigate mysteries of the past at the International Archaeology Day Expo on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hidden Valley Nature Center, 11401 Arlington Ave, Riverside.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Picnic lunches are welcome, or food may be purchased from vendors at the fair.

The annual expo will feature exhibits from government, business, museums, and nonprofit groups that will challenge adults and children to discover how archaeologists and law enforcement forensic investigators work to understand the past.

Participants will have opportunities to throw an atlatl dart, like ancient people hunting mammoths; map an archaeological site; analyze an archaeological assemblage; try out an infrared electronic total station used to record an excavation; and learn about making stone tools.  Expo exhibits will include information on research in California, the Near East, and Mesoamerica.

Members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab and Forensic Science Academy will have hands-on demonstrations of how archaeologists and law enforcement forensic scientists use similar techniques to discover the past.

Children will receive a “passport” to be stamped at each exhibit.  When filled out, they will receive a small prize.

The International Archaeology Day Expo is sponsored by the Riverside County Parks Department and Inland Southern California Local Society of the Archeological Institute of America (AIA). Local Society members are drawn from all who share an interest in understanding and preserving the past, including students, professional archaeologists, and the lay public.  The AIA is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 210,000 members and more than 100 local societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The local AIA Society was founded by Denver Graninger, associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.

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