Monmouth College will present three free public events, in conjunction with its second annual Archaeology Day on April 16.
John Bybee, an expert craftsman of ancient weapons, will provide a hands-on demonstration of the process of making spear points and arrowheads during the Archaeology Day programming from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Quad, located east of the Huff Athletic Center.
There will also be atlatl throwing and bow and arrow shooting, along with a discussion of brain tanning.
At 6 p.m., the grand opening of the new and improved Native American artifact display will be held on the upper level of Hewes Library.
At 7:30 p.m., William Caraher, associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota, will present the next archaeology lecture series program in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.
Titled “Dream Archaeology,” the lecture is sponsored by the Monmouth College classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
For more than 1,000 years, excavators have relied upon dreams to guide them to hidden treasures, sacred buildings and lost relics. The practice was consistent and widespread enough to qualify as a form of Byzantine indigenous archaeology. Caraher will sketch the outline of that archaeology and consider how such pre-modern practices can influence our ideas of archaeological knowledge in more recent times.