Friday, June 19, 2015

Nebraska Archaeology Month has a new home!

The Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists has created a new website devoted to all things Nebraska Archaeology -! This site will include Nebraska Archaeology Month details and an updated event calendar! While the website is still under construction, there is plenty to start checking out, including confirmed 2015 Archaeology Month events. Please bookmark our new page, and check it regularly for updates on Nebraska Archaeology Month, in addition to all the great Nebraska Archaeology happenings! And be sure to share with your friends so everyone can stay involved!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Planning for 2015 Begins!

On January 28 planning for the 2015 Nebraska Archaeology Month began with a meeting at the Bennett Martin Library in Lincoln. Representatives from the NSHS State Historic Preservation Office, Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska Archaeological Society, Midwest Archeological Center, NSHS Highway Archeology Division, and students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Anthropology Department met to establish priorities for this year.

Much of the meeting was spent reviewing lessons from last year for the new members of the group and brainstorming ideas for ways to build on our successes while correcting our missteps. Members of the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists Board let the group know that no new poster would be forthcoming this year. Approximately 700 copies remain of the poster that was unveiled last year. Copies of the poster will continue to be distributed through the 2015 Nebraska Archaeology Month.

 In addition, the committee decided to continue the general theme of Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology! This allows us to continue using the logo designed as part of the poster and allows free rein for events to be scheduled throughout the state without them fitting into a specialized set of topics. The mission statement and goals for the year will be reviewed and addressed at the upcoming meeting, in addition to status updates from committee members on potential events.

Several events for 2015 are already scheduled and we are working on updating the event list. We will once again be applying to the Governor’s Office for an official proclamation of September as Nebraska Archaeology Month. We will also have a table at the annual Nebraska Artifact Show in Seward on August 22. “Nebraska Archaeology” will be the theme of the September “Sunday with a Scientist” program at Nebraska Hall on September 20 and local NSHS archaeologists will be presenting the monthly Brown Bag Lunch lecture on September 17.

The committee is always looking for more members and assistance with planning and presenting events. If you’d like to attend a meeting, our next one will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 1pm. We will be meeting at the NSHS Highway Archaeology Division’s office at 4851 S. 16th St in Lincoln. 

Remember to check back here or on our Facebook page for the latest on how to Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month in 2015!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nebraska Archaeology Month 2015!!

While this year's Nebraska Archaeology Month won't take place for another eight months or so (but who's counting?), planning is already underway and the Nebraska Archaeology Month 2015 Committee is looking for members! We need interested people who have the time, energy, and enthusiasm to help us match last year's success and exceed it. We need people willing to present on archaeology, people with organizational skills, and people with media/communication skills to tackle various tasks of planning and promoting the events. We are hoping to involve the archaeological community, including professionals, amateurs, and armchair enthusiasts from across the state.

Interested individuals should plan to attend a meeting at the Bennett Martin Public Library Auditorium on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1pm CST in Lincoln.

Unable to attend the meeting? If you or your organization would like to get involved with Nebraska Archaeology Month 2015, if you have an idea for an Archaeology Month event, or if you would simply enjoy having an event come to your area, let us know! You can email us at or leave us a message on Facebook!

If you are unable to help plan Nebraska Archaeology Month 2015, but would like to stay up to date on archaeology events in your area throughout the year, be sure to "Like" the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists and Nebraska Archaeology Month on Facebook!

2014 Nebraska Archaeology Month a Success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Nebraska Archaeology Month 2014, whether by attending or helping to plan/coordinate events, displaying a Nebraska Archaeology Month poster, or simply by ‘catching the fever’ and following us on Facebook and/or here on our blog! We will be back soon with a new theme, a new poster, and a new set of events for Nebraska Archaeology Month in September 2015! Until then, we’d love to hear from you with your thoughts on any of this year’s events, posters, social media posts, etc! To give us your input, please email us at or leave us a message on Facebook!

In the meantime, see below for a recap of this year’s events in photos!

Fossil & Artifact Identification Day - Ashfall Fossil Beds
Fossil & Artifact Identification Day - Ashfall Fossil Beds
Nebraska Archaeological Society's Artifact Show in Seward, NE
NAS Artifact Show
Poster Reveal at the NAS Artifact Show in Seward, NE
Presentation at the NAS Artifact Show in Seward, NE
Fort Atkinson
Archaeology Walking Tour at Ft. Atkinson Historic State Park
Fort Atkinson
Archaeology Walking Tour at Fort Atkinson 
Archaeology Month Banner at the NSHS
Archaeology Happy Hour
Drawing Winners at Archaeology Happy Hour
Morrill Hall
Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall in Lincoln
Morrill Hall
Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall in Lincoln
Morrill Hall
Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall in Lincoln
Morrill Hall
Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall in Lincoln
South Sioux City Library
Nebraska Archaeology Month Display at South Sioux City Library