2017 Events


TBD – Governor’s Proclamation of September 2016 as Nebraska Archaeology Month (Nebraska State Capitol Building – Lincoln)
19th 13th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show (Seward County Fairgrounds – Seward)


1st-4th Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)
2nd-3rd – Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
9th Kennard House Archeology Open House and Dig (Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln)
21st – Science Cafe: Nebraska Archaeology (Morrill Hall/Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln)
TBD – Archaeology Happy Hour (Lincoln)

Fort Calhoun

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 2-3, Time TBD
Location: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. 7th Street
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $5, Annual Permit – $25). Visitor Center – Adults-$2, Children-$1
A walking tour by Nolan Johnson (Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist) of archaeological excavations at Fort Atkinson will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Tour starts at the Powder Magazine on the Parade Ground. Coincides with a living-history weekend at Fort Atkinson, featuring volunteers recreating the lives of the soldiers, artisans, and civilians that lived in and around the outpost. Be sure to also check out the Archaeology Room for kids in the Northeast Quadrant of the Fort!


Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed – Labor Day Weekend Open House

Date & Time: Labor Day Weekend (September 1-4)
Location: Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed Education and Research Center, Meng Dr, Harrison, NE 69346
Admission: Free to all events and admission fee waived!
Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed – Labor Day Weekend Open House!
Enjoy guided tours of the site hourly, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can watch and participate in a flint knapping demonstration to learn more about how stone tools are created. Practice your skill at throwing an atlatl, a tool used for hunting large game, and children can make their own atlatl to take home. Check back for more information as it becomes available!


Governor’s Proclamation Ceremony

Date & Time: August, Date TBD
Location: Nebraska State Capitol Building
Admission: Free
Join Nebraska Archaeologists and Nebraska Govenor Pete Ricketts for the official Proclamation of September 2017 as Nebraska Archaeology Month!

Kennard House Archeology Open House and Dig

Date & Time: September 9th
Location: Nebraska State Historical Society
Admission: Free
Celebrate Archaeology Month with the Nebraska State Historical Society at Nebraska’s Statehood Memorial! Meet NSHS Archeologists and check out open excavation units in the back yard of the Kennard House. Have you ever found something interesting? Bring it and an archeologist will help you identify your treasure. More activities to be announced – check back for more information. No reservations necessary, just drop in!

Archaeology Happy Hour

Date & Time: September Date TBD, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, NE
Archaeology Happy Hour/FAC – all are encouraged to join, archaeologist or otherwise!

Science Cafe: Nebraska Archaeology

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Morrill Hall (south of 14th and Vine Streets on the UNL City Campus)
Information: museum.unl.edu/sciencecafe
Admission: Members, UNL Faculty/Staff, UNL Students: $10.00. Non-Members: $15.00
Science Cafe in Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall is a casual, educational, and entertaining monthly series for adults (21+) exploring a variety of science and natural history topics. Food, drinks will be available, and questions and opinions are encouraged! September’s Cafe will focus on Nebraska Archaeology, presented by archeologists with the Nebraska State Historical Society! —
“What goes into understanding Nebraska’s past through archeology? Come find out about controversies brewing in Nebraska and how we determine what is fact and what is fiction. Hands-on activities will be available to test your interpretation skills.”


13th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show

Date & Time: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Seward County Fairgrounds – Harvest Hall
Information: NAS Artifact Show 2016
Admission: Adults – $5, Children 12 & under – Free
World-Class Displays of Prehistoric Stone Artifacts from the Great Plains Region, Professional Identification of Artifacts and Bone, Atlatl Demonstration, Flint Knapping Demonstration. Dr. Bonnie L. Pitblado from the University of Oklahoma will be giving a public presentation at 1:30 p.m.