Children excavated bones at the Enterprise Public Library on Oct. 17 as a celebration of International Archeology Day.
Biological anthropologist Valerie Cates led the festivities, which started out with excavating bones out of a box of sand and identifying what creature and what part of the creature the bones were from. Attendees used spoons and brushes to scrape and brush away the sand to protect the bones from being damaged.
Cates explained that what the kids were doing was known as “zooarchaeology” because it related to the bones of modern animals. The attendees also got to create their own pottery and put the pottery back together as if they were at a dig site.
International Archeology Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October every year.
IAD started in 2011 and in 2017 had over 200,000 participants in 2017 all over the world including countries such as Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czechia, Ecuador, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United States, according to the Archaeological Institute of America.
“International Archaeology Day (IAD) is a celebration of archaeology and its contributions to society,” The AIA website reads. “Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, or a presentation from a visiting archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on IAD programs provide a chance to uncover the past and experience the thrill of discovery.”