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2012 Archaeology Fair: Learning About the Past

October 2012
Archaeology Fair

The 2012 Archaeology Fair was a rousing success this year!  The weather was picture-perfect for a great day at Bob Woodruff Park in Plano.  Families lined up early to work with Geo-Marine archaeologists in the hands-on excavation area.  Archaeology Land activities included face-painting, corn husk doll making, corn grinding, a petroglyph wall, painted pebbles, pottery design, and cordage bracelets.  The tot-dig area was very popular, with many a great find being made by budding “junior archaeologists.” 

The highlight of the event was the performances by the Bear Claw Singers, a Native American drummer and singer group who shared their considerable talents with a crowd of over 400 people.  Guided tours of the nearby creek, atl-atl throwing, and educational talks and signage gave the public a better sense of why archaeology, history, and cultural diversity are important in their lives.

Archaeology Fair
Geo-Marine has worked with the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation and the City of Plano for 10 years to provide this event for the youth of Plano and the surrounding metroplex.  Geo-Marine personnel have been responsible for the planning and implementation of the event, while Bonnie Peter has been instrumental in the development and oversight of the Archaeology Land activities.  Additional volunteers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Tarrant County Archeological Society, the National Honor Societies at John Paul II High School and Plano Senior High, and the History Club at Plano East Senior High School make this day-long event possible.  Over 500 volunteer hours went into the preparation and execution of this event.