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For Field School registration information please contact the:

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Office of Continuing Education and Extension
608-785-6504
Online registration at:  http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/artleisure/index.html

For information on all other public events content please contact:

MVAC's Public Outreach Program at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean unless otherwise indicated.

 

Lecture - The Rise and “Expansion” of Tiwanaku Civilization in the Bolivian Andes

Tim McAndrews is a widely recognized expert on the enigmatic Tiwanaku civilization, which emerged at an extreme elevation in the beautiful, though harsh, South American Andes. Join us as he discusses his research on Tiwanaku expansion out of the Lake Titicaca Basin and into the distant region of Cochabamba, Bolivia, nearly 1500 years ago. After a decade of research, McAndrews is turning traditional interpretations of Tiwanaku expansion upside down and argues that it was local chieftains, not Tiwanaku kings, who directed the influx of Tiwanaku culture into the Cochabamba region. Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information.
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call
Speaker: Dr. Timothy McAndrews, Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Director

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Lithic Materials Workshop

This two-day event will feature informal presentations and displays, roundtable discussions, a lithic materials exchange, and lots of opportunities to talk. There is no registration fee. The entire event is open to archaeologists, flintknappers, collectors, students, and anyone else interested in regional lithics issues. For more information and updates, see our Web page at http://www.uwlax.edu/mvac/Lithic.htm
Date & Time Friday, February 28, 2014: 1–5 pm workshop; evening reception at MVAC
Saturday, March 1, 2014: 9 am–3 pm workshop
Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, rooms 337 & 339

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Lecture - Howard Carter and the Search for Tutankhamen

In November of 1922, Howard Carter made one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of all time––the tomb of Tutankhamen.  This discovery was not random chance, but rather the culmination of years of research and training.  This lecture will explore the career of Howard Carter, from his initial trip to Egypt as a 17-year-old artist through the discovery and excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb.  Carter’s work will be placed within the greater context of the history of the exploration of the Valley of the Kings and the development of the discipline of archaeology in Egypt.  Finally, several controversies surrounding Carter’s work in the tomb will be discussed.  Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information.
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call
Speaker: Dr. David A. Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate

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Artifact Show

Come to Valley View Mall and see artifacts representing the area’s long history. Local collectors will display their personal collections, and MVAC staff will bring artifacts recovered from local excavations. Archaeologists will be on hand to answer questions. Bring in your own artifacts for help in their identification. Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean if you would like to display your artifacts.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time:

10 am–5 pm

Location: Valley View Mall, La Crosse, WI

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Lecture - From Under the Streets to Front-Page News: Archaeological Excavations of an Ancient Village in Onalaska

In 2012 highway construction in downtown Onalaska made national news when remains of a late pre-Contact Oneota village and cemetery site were uncovered under a busy city street.  The scale of the finds was a surprise-and a major challenge.  Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center Projects Director Katherine Stevenson will discuss the project, and how cooperation and communication between agencies, the City of Onalaska, contractors, tribal representatives, and archaeologists was the key to a successful outcome.

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: Onalaska Public Library, Meeting Rooms
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Stevenson, MVAC Projects Director

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Lecture - India's Oldest Stone Inscriptions

Around 250 B.C., Ashoka Maurya was a dynamic ruler whose influence extended throughout most parts of modern-day South Asia. Archaeologists have uncovered inscriptions on rocks and pillars that are said to mark the boundaries of his empire. This lecture presents information on a group of inscriptions in the South Indian state of Karnataka, as well as the results of an experimental project to replicate an “Ashokan Edict.” Detailed investigation of inscription-carving technologies reveals information about ancient landscapes and imperial control. Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information. 
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call
Speaker: Heather Walder, Associate Lecturer, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate; PhD Candidate, UW–Madison

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Lecture - Archaeology under the Streets

At the Minnesota Archeological Society Annual Dinner Meeting MVAC archaeologists Dr. Kathy Stevenson and Dr. Connie Arzigian will share their incredible discoveries under the main street of Onalaska, Wisconsin.  Highway construction contractors and the entire town rallied around an Oneota Village uncovered below Hwy 35 in 2012.  Beneath an old railroad track, over 500 pit features with outstanding preservation of faunal remains were found.  There may be a decade of laboratory analysis ahead, but Kathy and Connie will tell their incredible story and bring some of the artifacts to view.  For more information visit the Minnesota Archaeological Society's website at: http://mnarchsociety.org/index.html.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 8 pm
Location: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (Anderson Hall, room 111)
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Stevenson, MVAC Projects Director and Dr. Connie Arzigian, MVAC Senior Research Associate; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L

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Wisconsin Archaeology Month

A variety of activities will be offered throughout the state during May to introduce the public to Wisconsin’s long and rich cultural past. For a complete list of activities check out the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web site at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/hp/hpweek/index.asp.

Dates:  May 2014

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Volunteer Field Survey Opportunity for MVAC Members

MVAC will celebrate Wisconsin Archaeology Month by involving volunteers in surveys of local fields to find unreported archaeological sites. The day will begin with an introduction at the archaeology laboratory, followed by helping with an actual field survey. Participants will end the day back at the lab to wash the artifacts recovered and learn more about their history. The number of participants is limited, so register early. Children may participate if accompanied by an adult. Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean to register.
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 (rain date - Saturday, May 10)
Time: 8:30 am–4 pm
Location:  University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Archaeology Center and Laboratories
Fee:  Free admission for MVAC members. Advanced registration required!

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Public Archaeology Field Schools (3 and 5 day experiences) - adults and high school students

This multi-day field and lab experience is a well-rounded opportunity for those who want to learn about the process of archaeology. Work alongside professional archaeologists on an actual archaeological excavation and survey work. Lab work may include washing and sorting ceramics, stone tools, and other remains. An experimental archaeology component may explore making stone tools and using an atlatl (spearthrower). Optional lab hours and local field trips will be available after regular field school hours. No previous experience is necessary.

This experience is open to high school students through adults. Fee includes a one-year MVAC membership. Supervised dorm facilities are available for high school students at an additional cost of $225 for 3 days and $335 for 5 days. Cancellation prior to May 23 will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after May 23.

Three-Day Experience
Dates:  Monday–Wednesday, June 23–25, 2014
Time: June 23, 2014: 9 am–5 pm; June 24–25, 2014: 7 am–3:30 pm
Location:  University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Archaeology Center and Laboratories
Fee:  $350
Program Number: 84-44
 
Five-Day Experience
Dates: Monday–Friday, June 23–27, 2014
Time:  June 23, 2014: 9 am–5 pm; June 24–27, 2014: 7 am–3:30 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Archaeology Center and Laboratories
Fee: $500 
Program Number: 84-45

For registration information please contact the:

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Office of Continuing Education and Extension
608-785-6504
Online registration at:  http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/artleisure/index.html

For information on activity content please contact:

MVAC's Public Outreach Program at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean.

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Lecture - Megalithic Cemeteries of the Turkana Basin

Approximately 5,000 years ago, the first group of cattle herders in eastern Africa moved into the Turkana Basin of northwestern Kenya. This group built large megalithic “pillar sites” at several places surrounding Lake Turkana, and these pillar sites have intrigued archaeologists for nearly fifty years. New excavations reveal that many of these sites were large communal cemeteries. This talk will detail these exciting results, and will conclude with discussion about the enduring legacy of the pillar-site builders.  Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information. 
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Grillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate

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Lecture - Who Was Here First? Exploring the Peopling of the Americas

For most of the twentieth century, scientists were sure they knew how and when the Americas were first colonized. We thought that the first people entered the New World during the last Ice Age (around 14,000 years ago) using the Bering Land Bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. They then followed mammoths and other big game into North America through an “ice-free corridor” between the enormous glaciers that covered most of Canada. Once they emerged south of the glaciers, they rapidly spread south and east to cover the entire continent by 13,000 years ago.  Over the past decade, new research has provided challenges to every portion of this narrative, indicating that the story of the peopling of the Americas is both much more complex and much more interesting than we originally thought. This talk will present some of the archaeological data that have challenged this theory and will discuss why we still do not know exactly what happened, even after a century of research.  Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information.
Date:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location:  University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call
Speaker:  Dr. Jessi Halligan, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate

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Lecture - Booting Up Humanity

The origin of our species was surprisingly complex. We have within us the genes of ancient Africans, Neandertals, and a mysterious population known as the Denisovans. Only a relative handful of genetic changes mark humans today as different from these ancient people. So how did the characteristics of modern humans, including complex social systems, symbolic thought, and language, evolve? New discoveries point in a surprising direction: Modern humans used a diversity of genes in a common social environment to bootstrap themselves to humanity. With the origin of modern human behavior, cultural evolution began to direct our genetic evolution, with rapid and unprecedented results.   

Professor John Hawks is an expert on human evolution and genetics, best known for his work demonstrating the recent rapid evolution of humans within the past 10,000 years and for exploring the contribution of ancient Neandertals to the ancestry of people living today. He has done fieldwork in Africa, Asia, and Europe, combining skeletal evidence from fossils with new information from genetics to uncover how humans evolved. His weblog is one of the top international resources on human evolution and genetics.  Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean for more information.

Date:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time:  Social 6 pm, Awards 6:30 pm, Lecture 7 pm
Location:

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Valhalla

Speaker:

Dr. John Hawks, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UW–Madison

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