Saturday, September 13, 2014

More events at Hudson-Meng!

It's Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology month and we're celebrating all across the state!  Check out this exciting event that's happening tomorrow at the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center.

Tommorow night (Saturday at 5pm) join the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center Rangers for a guided excursion to experience the famous Battle of Warbonnet. Also known as the “First Scalp for Custer,” the Battle of Warbonnet took place after Custer’s defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Buffalo Bill Cody, scout for the Fort Robinson 5th Cavalry, took part in the skirmish, dueling a Cheyenne warrior. This duel later became the basis for Cody’s famous Wild West Show.

Alex Miller, Park Ranger, describes the battle as, “The end of the beginning for the Great Sioux Wars. The Battle of Warbonnet tells of a time of uncertainty. No one knew what was going to happen with the Wars. Everyone was just doing their best to come out on top.”

Hudson-Meng Park Rangers will show the site, recount its history, and will discuss how it was rediscovered after being lost from living memory.

This special two hour multi-media program is free and participants can meet at the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center. The program will begin with a 20-minute introduction to the Battle of Warbonnet at the facility. Visitors will then follow a USDA Forest Service vehicle from the Hudson-Meng Center to Montrose, NE – site of the Battle of Warbonnet. Participants should be comfortable driving on gravel roads for periods of half an hour. Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing, as walking through tall grass will occur. Call ahead in case of inclement weather.

If you’re interested in learning about the Battle of Warbonnet, the Great Sioux Wars, and Buffalo Bill Cody, please join us Saturday, September 13th at 5:00 pm.

Ploughshare Brewing Co. Archaeology Happy Hour!

Hello archaeology fans!  

Here are some pictures from the archaeology Happy Hour at Ploughshare Brewing Company in Lincoln last Friday!  If you took any pictures, we'd love to see them!  Email us at  OR post the pictures to facebook and tag us!

Two of our t-shirt drawing winners! Michael Schumacher and Peter Bleed.

Magda Mahoney won the water bottle donated by the Midwest Archeological Center!

Nolan Johnson won the final t-shirt in our drawing! 

Crowds enjoyed great food and drinks while celebrating archaeology together.

Soon there weren't enough chairs for everyone... 

Great time to catch up with colleagues and meet new folks.

Thank you to Ploughshare Brewing Co. for allowing us to invade! 

A great time was had by all and we hope to see everyone at other vents throughout the month of September!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another Successful Artifact Show!

Last Saturday, August 16, marked the 10th annual Nebraska Artifact Show in Seward and we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who heard about the event from us and came out to support the exhibitors!  For those of you who weren't able to attend, here are some pictures of the Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology poster unveiling and the talk by Jeffrey J. Richner.
All photos courtesy of Dick Eckles, Nebraska Archaeological Society.

 Th official unveiling of the poster for Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month!

We have the Nebraska Association of Professional Archaeologists (NAPA) to thank for our wonderful poster!  And here it is!

Keep your eye on this page for more exciting news regarding Celebrating Nebraska Archaeology! 
Until next time, safe travels and happy troweling!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Nebraska History Museum - Last Call!

Welcome back!

Among the exciting events that are happening in the next 6 weeks or so specifically related to Celebrating the archaeological history of Nebraska, there are some old favorite attractions that should be on your Nebraska Archaeology radar.

One of those in particular is the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln (Located at the corner of 15th & P Streets. Address 131 Centennial Mall).  Starting September 1, 2014 the museum will be closed for renovations to the building, which was constructed in 1967 as the Lincoln Elks Club, so the last call for visiting the exhibits on display will be August 31, 2014.

The renovations will  be quite extensive and will require museum staff to take down the exhibits and close the museum until the work is completed.  The Nebraska History Museum is expected to re-open in early 2016.  Until then there will be other occasional options for viewing exhibits related to Nebraska's history.  The Nebraska History “Museum on the Move” will offer periodic programming at locations around town and around the state. School programs, free family fun days, and “Hour at the Museum” story programs will be offered at the Nebraska State Historical Society headquarters building at 1500 R Street, Lincoln.

For more information on the exhibits currently on display go to: 

And for more information on the renovation project visit:

We will update this page with information about the traveling exhibits throughout the renovation process so, keep an eye out!  Once again - the last day for exhibits will be August 31 and the museum will be officially closed for renovations on September 1, 2014.

We, along with museum staff, hope to see you in the upcoming weeks!

Until next time, safe travels and happy troweling!

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's official!

On Wednesday, August 13 at 10:30 am, Governor Heineman will make the official proclamation that September is Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month!

We are excited to get the celebration kicked off only a few days later at the Nebraska Artifact Show in Seward. Check previous blog posts or our calendar for more details!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nebraska Artifact Show - Seward

The official kick-off event of Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month will be here before you know it!
If you're interested in attending this event, then here are the details that you need to know!

The 10th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show will be held in Harvest Hall at the Seward County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 16 from 9am-6pm.  This artifact show will give visitors the opportunity not only to talk to professional archaeologists, but also private collectors about the wonderful artifacts that they have collected over the years.

There will be a talk at 1:30 by Jeffrey J. Richner, who is retired from the National Park Service, entitled "A Brief History of Glass Beads in the Indian Trade" as well as over 100 booths set up with collections of artifacts.  You are invited to peruse these booths and ask any questions that you have about the artifacts!

Please check the flyer for more details, or visit the Artifact Show website at: 

We look forward to seeing you at Seward for the kick-off of Nebraska Archaeology Month, as well as at other events throughout September!

Until next time, safe travels and happy troweling! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visit Hudson-Meng!

As our calendar is beginning to fill up with events for September, keep in mind that there are events all across the state that give all Nebraskans the opportunity to learn more about the archaeology that is happening here!

In particular, there will be lots of interesting things happening at the Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Site near Crawford, NE.  They will be kicking off the Archaeology Month celebration in Western Nebraska with their annual knap-in on Labor Day weekend.  This will only be the first of many fun events happening at the site over the month of September (the rest are all posted on our calendar, which is linked to the left).

Please see the poster below for more details on the knap-in, and leave a comment to let us know if you will be stopping by for a visit any time during September to celebrate Nebraska Archaeology with the crew at Hudson-Meng!

Friday, June 27, 2014

September is Archaeology Month!


This is the official website and blog for Nebraska Archaeology Month and we hope that you'll take a look around and let us know what you think!

The theme that we have chosen this year is Celebrate!  We hope that celebrating the archaeology of Nebraska will help to raise awareness about how awesome our state is and encourage Nebraskans to learn more about what it takes to keep these archaeological sties around for future generations.

Our map (linked on the left of the page) will include both state and National Park Service run sites, historical markers, and the locations of Archaeology Month Events.  The map will be updated as we schedule more events.  There is also a calendar (linked to the left as well) with all event dates, times, and locations on it.  This will also be updated periodically as more events across the state are announced.

Please check back here or on our facebook page ( for blog updates that will include links to other Nebraska archaeology websites, profiles of Nebraska archaeologists, event lists, and other exciting information.

Please drop us a line here, on our facebook page, or at and let us know what you would like to see featured here as we move toward September,
We would love to hear your ideas!

Until next time,  safe travels and happy troweling!