The Indiana Jones in all of us (Aug. 2)

July 31, 2008

There’s very little romantic excitement in the actual work of archaeology, as everyone who’s ever helped out on a dig has told me … and yet there’s also the undeniable thrill of the possibilities. On Saturday (Aug. 2), Cahokia Mounds will be talking up the science during Archaeology Day, teasing would-be Indiana Joneses with the chance to sift excavation soil and to wash 1,000-year-old artifacts. Right there I’ve got you, don’t I — you are wondering what those artifacts are. You’ll have to go to Collinsville on Saturday to find out!

While you’re there, you and the kids can (for free) try your hand at the atlatl and see if it’s as much fun to throw as it is to say. Along with sports and games, there will be experts on hand to demonstrate all sorts of native skills, from flintknapping to weaving, and lectures on the processes of archaeology (undoubtedly more interesting than the work itself!). The movie about Cahokia Mounds itself is worth a view too — it does a nice job of weaving bits of history together and also letting the viewer know just how many mysteries about the Mississippian civilization have yet to be unraveled.

I’ve never understood why men and boys so outnumber women at events like this, but they do, and they probably will on Saturday too. But I totally dig this stuff (bad pun, OK) and I only wish I weren’t too chicken to try the atlatl. I’m worried I’d poke someone’s eye out just getting the spear in the right position to throw it.

For details, call the organizers in the Cahokia Archaeological Society at 618.346.5160 or view the flyer here.


3 Responses to “The Indiana Jones in all of us (Aug. 2)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    If Sue can do it, you can! We were in Whitehorse at the Berengia museum and they had a “class”. Great Fun! Go for it!


  2. mom22kids Says:

    Thanks for tuning into the blog while you’re on vacation, Charles! 🙂

  3. Charles J Taft Says:

    Your blog is one of the few on the “must check” list of things!

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