Dear Friend of Ohio Archaeology,
The Ohio Archaeological Council invites you to a special program culminating Ohio Archaeology Month 2004.

The program, Interpreting Our Past: A Conversation Between Archaeologists and the Public, is designed for you to engage Ohio Archaeological Council member archaeologists in a conversation about how they develop interpretations about the people and cultures of Ohio's past. Examples from recent and current archaeological research at important archaeological and historical sites in southwestern Ohio will be used in the discussion.

The program features three 10-minute presentations with accompanying handouts, each followed by 20 minutes of questions, answers, and comments between the audience and the archaeologists focusing on how they interpret what they find.

  • Dr. Frank Cowan will engage you in a fascinating and thought provoking discussion about interpreting the construction and use of the Stubbs Earthworks, an Ohio Hopewell period (100 B.C.-A.D. 400) Native American site in Warren County, Ohio;

  • Lynn Simonelli and Bill Kennedy will converse with you about their exciting research at the 13th century SunWatch Village and Wegerzyn Garden sites in Dayton, Ohio, two incredibly well-preserved and researched Fort Ancient period (A.D. 1000-1600) settlements; and

  • Bob Genheimer will lead a discussion about using historical and archaeological research in interpreting historic period sites, including the home of the heroic Underground Railroad conductor and former slave John Parker in Ripley, Ohio.

This special program will occur the afternoon of October 30, 2004, from 1:15 to 3:00 PM in the Tait Auditorium of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, Ohio. Following this program, you may go on a one-hour tour of the nearby reconstructed SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park to further your understanding of interpreting archaeological sites, concluding the afternoon's activities.

This program, including the tour at SunWatch Indian Village, is free and open to the public. However, admittance is limited to 150 people. Please make reservations by telephoning the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery at (937) 275-7431, ext. 130, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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