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Archeological Events and Interactive Experiences Offered for Kids and Adults During Archeology Week, October 9 - 17

(HARTFORD, CT) - October 8, 2004 - If you want to learn the art of spear-throwing, participate in an excavation, analyze animal skeletons or explore burying grounds, you'll have many opportunities during Archeology Week in Connecticut, October 9 - 17.

The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism's (CCT) Historic Preservation Office, in collaboration with the Connecticut Archeology Center's Office of State Archeology and several other organizations throughout the state, organize a multitude of events and hands-on activities for the public to raise awareness of archeology in Connecticut. Archeology Week is designed help the public gain a better appreciation of the importance of Connecticut's history and archeology and to share a sense of adventure and the experience of archeology.

The centerpiece event of Archeology Week is the first annual Archeology Expo, a one-day public event scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2004 from 12 noon - 5:00 p.m., at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. The Expo will feature talks, demonstrations, games, and interactive activities for both children and adults.

Other events in October include an Archeological Walking Tour (Sunday, October 10), an Archeological Excavation Opportunity (Sunday, October 10), Cemetery Scavenger Hunt (Sunday, October 10), Center Cemetery Stories (Saturday, October 16) and a public lecture on the Search for the New-Gate Prison Cemetery (Wednesday, October 13). As part of this archeological educational outreach program, several activities and events are offered throughout the month of October.

In addition, many archeological events are held in conjunction with the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends, sponsor of several walking tours offered during Archeology Week.

For a complete listing of events, visit www.cac.uconn.edu.

Connecticut Archaeology Awareness Week (AAW) is an annual event aimed at educating the general public on the cultural diversity, fragility and importance of the state's archaeological resources, and the need for preservation of archaeological sites in our state. AAW celebrates Connecticut's Native American, European American and African American heritages through site tours, posters, exhibits, presentations, and other activities sponsored by organizations throughout the entire state, and features events for people of all ages.

Created by the General Assembly in 2003, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is designed to identify, preserve, strengthen, and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism industries in order to enhance the quality of life for its citizens, create a destination for travelers, and contribute to the reputation and economic vitality of the state.

The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is located at One Financial Plaza, 755 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. For more information, call (860) 256-2800.



Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director, 860-256-2800

Kathleen Ferrigno, MD&C, 203-624-4151


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