2018 Events


18th 14th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show (Seward County Fairgrounds – Seward)


1st-3rd Hudson Meng Education and Research Open House (Hudson Meng Research and Visitor Center, Harrison/Chadron)
1st-2nd Fort Atkinson Archaeology Walking Tour (Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun)
8thSo…What Became of the Nebraska Phase People? (Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue)
9th History Hike at Fontenelle Forest (Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue)
16th Sunday With a Scientist – Archaeology: Pieces of the Past (Morrill Hall, Lincoln)
20th Sandhills Archeology (Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln)
29th-30th Excavation at Fort Robinson – Volunteer Dig (Fort Robinson, Crawford)
29th Archaeology Presentation and Artifact Identification (Fort Robinson, Crawford)
29the Native Earth Skills (Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, IA)

TBD – Archaeology Happy Hour ( Lincoln)


So…What Became of the Nebraska Phase People?

Date & Time: Saturday, September 8 at 2 P.M.
Location: Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1831512643635973/
Admission: Free for members or with daily admission ($11/adult, $10/senior, $8/child and student (2-17), free for children under 2. Registration is required.
Join Fontenelle Forest in celebrating Archaeology Month with a presentation on Nebraska Phase Archaeology by Nebraska State Archeologist Rob Bozell (History Nebraska). Bozell will present an illustrated lecture focusing on theories about the fate of the Nebraska Phase people and the emergence of known Nebraska tribes such as the Pawnee, Oto, Omaha, Ioway, and Ponca. This presentation is recommended for adult audiences.
*NOTE: Registration Required:

Tools of the Nebraska Phase Culture

Date & Time: Sunday, September 9, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Location: Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue
Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/199246094128660/
Admission: Free for members or with daily admission ($11/adult, $10/senior, $8/child and student (2-17), free for children under 2)
Join Fontenelle Forest in celebrating Archaeology Month with a hike exploring the Forest’s history. Group will meet at Camp Wakonda and hike the history trail where Judy will share information on the impact of glaciers to the fur traders, explorers, and the early pioneers who walked these hills and the early settlers who lived here. Please make sure to bring water, bug spray, and have used the restroom (there are no bathrooms available at Camp Wakonda) so you can focus on enjoying this hike. In case of inclement weather meet at FFNC for an inside version.
Ages 8 and up


Fort Robinson Excavation – Volunteer Dig

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
Location: Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Join History Nebraska Archeologists as they uncover history at Fort Robinson! Check for more details as they become available.

Archaeology Presentation and Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29
Location: Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Admission: Free
Archaeologists from History Nebraska and Augustana University will present on their current archaeological research in the Nebraska Panhandle and Sand Hills, with the public invited to bring in their private collections for identification. Check for more details as they become available.

Fort Calhoun

Archaeology at Fort Atkinson: A Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. 7th Street
Admission: Nebraska Park Entry Permit Required (Daily Permit – $6, Annual Permit – $31). Visitor Center – Adults-$2, Children-$1
A walking tour by Archaeologist Nolan Johnson (History Nebraska) of past archaeological excavations at Fort Atkinson will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 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 1-3)
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!
Check back soon for a detailed listing of activities and events!

Honey Creek, IA

Native Earth Skills

Date & Time: September 29, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542
Admission: $10/person – Online Registration Required
Join the Hitchcock Nature Center in experiencing the material culture of native peoples of the Midwest through a walking lecture and skills demonstration by Dustin Clayton. Clayton will discuss and demonstrate common skills and techniques of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa’s native cultures, including flintknapping, cordage, woodworking and more.

For more information or to register, log on to http://www.pottcoconservation.com


Sunday with a Scientist: Archaeology – Pieces of the Past

Date & Time: Sunday, September 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Morrill Hall (south of 14th and Vine Streets on the UNL City Campus)
Information: museum.unl.edu/sundaywithascientist
Admission: Members, UNL Faculty/Staff, UNL Students: Free. Non-Members: Regular Museum Admission
The University of Nebraska State Museum’s September Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore Archaeology with History Nebraska. Families will get the chance to explore how archaeologists understand the past, including what artifacts were used for and who used them! In addition to the activity stations, visitors are encouraged to explore Morrill Hall exhibits to learn more about Archaeology and how it relates to Paleontology and Geology!
(‘Sunday with a Scientist’ is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting science on site.)

Sandhills Archeology (History Nebraska Brownbag Presentation)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln, NE
History Nebraska archeologists have completed the third year of a research project in the Nebraska Sandhills. Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by State Archeologist Rob Bozell on what they have been finding along the Dismal, Middle Loup, and Snake Rivers, as well as the results of recent excavations at a 17th century Plains Apache village in Hooker County.

Archaeology FAC/Happy Hour

Date & Time: TBD
Location: Lincoln, NE
Archaeology Happy Hour/FAC – all are encouraged to join, archaeologist or otherwise! Check back for more information!


14th Annual Nebraska Artifact Show

Date & Time: Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Seward County Fairgrounds – Harvest Hall
Information: NAS Artifact Show 2018
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. Michael R. Fosha from the South Dakota State Archaeological Research Center will be giving a public presentation at 1:30 p.m. – “Lost, Forgotten and Found: Cache Studies in South Dakota.”