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December 05, 2013

Uncover the Past at Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – 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 and is included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID.

For high resolution photos or interviews, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

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.