Contributed by Erin Sanders, Millsaps College Senior, Majoring in Sociology/Anthropology
To celebrate Mississippi Archaeology Month, the Mississippi Archaeological Association will hold its annual Archaeology Expo on Saturday October 27. Held in the Millsaps College Bowl, this fair is geared towards providing children and adults with hands-on activities such as demonstrations of archaeological techniques as well as prehistoric and historic lifeways. Of special interest this year will be demonstrations by members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI).
Dr. Michael Galaty, professor of Anthropology at Millsaps, said, “We are really excited to be hosting the Mississippi Archaeology Expo once again. It is a fantastic event that showcases not only our state’s amazing archaeological record, but also the great archaeology program we have developed here at Millsaps.”
The fair is free and open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! This year’s expo, which will be held on Saturday, October 27, is a day-long event that will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature activities such as:
- Artifact identification
- Atlatl (spear) throwing
- Prehistoric Technology Stations
- Pottery design/making
- MS Band of Choctaw Indian Tribal Social Dancing and Chanting
- MS Band of Choctaw Basket Making
- Rock wall art
- And much more!
The goal of the expo, as described in the press release, is to “promote awareness of Mississippi archaeology by providing the public with an accurate picture of archaeology and the past.”
When asked about the expo James Turner, adjunct professor of anthropology at Millsaps College, said, “We are excited to continue the Archaeology Expo here at Millsaps and hope to have an even better turnout than in years past.”
Sponsored in part by Millsaps College, the Millsaps Anthropology Club will be volunteering at the expo.