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Archaeology Day

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Sat., Jan. 4, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

How did humans live in the past?  What tools did they make and how did they make them? What was going on in Puget Sound 40, 400, and 4,000 years ago? Find out for yourself at Archaeology Day—a day-long celebration of us—the humans!

Activities include:

  • See demonstrations of how stone tools are made
  • Throw an atlatl (a spear-throwing tool) and see if you can catch dinner the old fashioned way
  • Examine ancient Peruvian textiles on display for the first time—including delicate textiles that are over a thousand-years-old
  • Get close to artifacts found in our very own Puget Sound region
  • Make hands-on archaeology-themed crafts
  • Visit with Roman reenactors and find out what life was like for warriors in ancient Rome
  • Map the shipwrecks of Lake Union with The Center for Wooden Boats
  • Discover how archaeologists can learn from studying trash

Archaeology Day is a special, one-day-only annual event.

A Peruvian textile from the Burke’s archaeology collection, Cat. No. 1988-120.2c.
Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum.
Visitors can try throwing an atlatl—a spear-throwing tool—at the Burke Museum’s Archaeology Day.
Photo by Andrew Waits.