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October 04, 2002


Seattle - October is Washington State Archaeology Month and the Burke will take you from Egypt to the Pacific Northwest with its full slate of archaeology programs! An archaeology bus tour, a public street dig, a popular family day, and a fascinating lecture will all focus on the myriad ways that archaeology can help to piece together a picture of the past. So choose your favorites, or participate in them all, but you'll definitely want to make your way to the Burke for Archaeology Month! Can you dig it?

Cedar River Watershed Archaeology Tour
Saturday, October 5, 2002
10 am - 3 pm

This tour will take you to the remains of the historic townsite of Moncton, and to the oldest high elevation site in the Cascades at Chester Morse Lake, guided by Seattle Public Utilities archaeologists and Burke experts. We will also visit the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Please bring a lunch/drink, raingear if necessary, and wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes. Space is limited to 45, so for a guaranteed seat please call 206-233-1515 for a reservation. Sponsored by the Burke Museum and Seattle Public Utilities.

Courtland Place Street Dig
Saturday, October 12, 2002
10 am - 4 pm, at Courtland Place and Charlestown Street

Come take part in a neighborhood archaeological dig! Amateur archaeologists will unearth artifacts in what was once an urban dump, uncovering clues about the history of the neighborhood and the people who lived there. At Courtland Place and Charlestown Street in South Seattle. Admission is FREE! Sponsored by the Rainier Valley Historical Society, the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission, and the Burke Museum.

Archy Day at the Burke!

Saturday, October 19, 2002
10 am - 5 pm, at the Burke

The Burke's annual Archaeology Day is your opportunity to see archaeology in action! Burke archaeology curators and students will share recent projects, discuss their work, and answer all your archy questions. You'll have a chance to handle real field equipment, look at tables of interesting artifacts, participate in craft and educational activities, and as a special treat this year, we'll offer guided tours to the West Point archaeological site in Seattle's Discovery Park! Learn the ABC's of archaeology at this popular family event. Included with museum admission.

Lecture: Egypt's Lost World of the Fayum

By Dr. Anthony Cagle, University of Washington
Thursday, November 7, 2002, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Burke Room

The Fayum in Egypt is rich in ancient animal fossils and remains of human habitation dating back long before the first pharaohs ruled Egypt. It is full of contrasts: striking rock formations that resemble animals, pyramids, mysterious ruins, and a lake that was the playground of pharaohs! It's no wonder that this oasis in the western desert has attracted explorers and archaeologists for more than a century. Join archaeologist Anthony Cagle as he describes the wonders of this exotic home to people and beasts ancient and modern, in this slide-illustrated lecture. FREE first Thursday event!

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE. on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition, Out of the Silence, is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, Children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit http://www.burkemuseum.org

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