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Archaeologists to visit Sci-Port for International Archaeology Day
Archaeologists from the National Park Service, Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc. and Stephen F. Austin University will demonstrate archaeological techniques, equipment and identify artifacts brought in by visitors
 
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:00 am
by Claire Floyd; cfloyd@sciport.org

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Saturday, October 17th marks International Archaeology Day.

“International Archaeology Day is a celebration of the contributions of archaeology to our global understanding of past human behavior and material culture,” says Tad Britt, Chief of Archaeology and Collections with the National Park Service.

Britt and two of his colleagues will be at Sci-Port on International Archaeology Day to share with visitors some of the technology used in the field today, as well as interact with aspiring archaeologists and enthusiasts. “Archaeology is important because it focuses on all types of individuals, regardless of their historical or social status,” Britt adds.

Britt will give technology demonstrations involving a PXRF – a hand-held x-ray machine used to identify the elemental composition of an artifact – and other technologies including an infrared camera and microscope, under which visitors can view sections of artifacts like stone tools and ceramics.

Dr. Zac Selden of Stephen F. Austin University will be demonstrating 3D geomorphic scanning techniques involving ceramic Caddo artifacts like bowls, pots and bottles.

Sci-Port visitors are encouraged to bring artifacts from home for identification by archaeologist Jay Gray of Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc. Gray will analyze items such as arrowheads, kitchen tools, hardware and remains of goods left behind by pioneers.

These Archaeology Day activities are free with regular Center admission. Britt, Gray, and Selden will be at Sci-Port from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.

Tad Britt demonstrating archaeology equipment at a recent 
Archaeology Day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo credit: Tad Britt

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