Archaeologists Chiarulli and Smeltzer Participate in Archaeology Institute of America Fair

Posted on 1/26/2012 9:40:27 PM

Beverly Chiarulli, Department of Anthropology, and graduate student Marion Smeltzer represented the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council at the Archaeology Institute of America Archaeology Fair in Philadelphia on January 7, 2012.

Marion Smeltzer at the 2012 AIA Archaeology Fair

The 12th annual Archaeology Institute of America (AIA) Archaeology Fair was held at the Franklin Institute. Chiarulli and Smeltzer worked with children using stone flakes to drill holes in rocks. The activity is popular with all ages and gives them a chance to make replicas of artifacts. This year's fair featured archaeologically-themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family, giving everyone the chance to dig into archaeology and uncover the past. The activity is featured on the AIA website.

At right: Marion Smeltzer with students drilling at the AIA Fair

The AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 250,000 members belonging to more than 100 local societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas.