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Ice Age Archaeology Day

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Sun., Oct. 23, 2011 | 10 am – 4 pm

Join us for a day of exhibits and talks on what life was like during the coldest time the state of Washington has ever known — the last Ice Age! Burke archaeologists and other specialists will be on hand to give you the inside scoop on human life 12,000 years ago. Several activities throughout the day will be family friendly.

  • Learn how to throw an atlatl (watch a video of past attempts here)
  • 10:30 am: hear stories from the first peoples of Puget Sound, with storyteller Roger Fernandes
  • 12:30 pm: “The Technology of NW Native Tools and Weapons.” Daniel Meatte, Archaeology Program Manager for Washington State Parks, discusses the technology used to make Native American hunting weapons common to the Pacific Northwest. Hundreds of artifacts, weapons, and tools are displayed during this presentation, affording the audience a chance to handle and examine this remarkable equipment up close 
  • 2:00 pm: hear what Hollywood gets wrong (and right!) in films about life in prehistoric times, with Dr. Ben Marwick
  • Learn about King County’s oldest site
  • See and touch fossils of the giant animals who shared the earth with people during a time when the environment was radically different

This event is included with museum admission and is free for Burke members.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Waits.