Marquette Regional History Center celebrates International Archaeology Day

Published: Oct. 19, 2019 at 10:12 PM EDT
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The Marquette Regional History Center celebrated International Archaeology Day Saturday.

There were several activities to keep kids and adults occupied all afternoon including hands on demonstrations, artifacts and a Viking cooking demonstration.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the traveling exhibit, focusing on Glacial Archaeology.

This exhibit offers insights on past and future climate trends as well as a look into cultures from tens of thousands of years ago.

Dr. James Dixon, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico says many ice-bound artifacts are perfectly preserved within the ice but can quickly deteriorate when exposed to the elements.

"Yes there is some urgency to this as well because when these artifacts come out they soon decompose they're lost forever. So there are a number of researcher around the world that are trying to identify which glaciers and ice patches are most likely to contain artifacts and conduct surveys to locate them and save them before they’re gone,” Dr. Dixon declared.