Archaeological Institute lecture Feb. 9

Staff Report

The Rockford Society, Archaeological Institute of America, invites the public to its next free and fascinating multi-media presentation on archaeology at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

The topic will be “Archaeology Near Your Own Back Yard — Native Americans, Pipestone Artifacts, and Prehistory of the Midwest in the Rock River Valley.” Guest speaker will be Professor Shannon Fie of Beloit College. Learn about native Americans, their manufacture of pipestone artifacts and archaeology in the Rock River Valley. Dr. Fie is a North American archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of the Midwest, and conducts research on pipestone artifacts during the Middle Woodland period, from 50 B.C. to 400 A.D. Dr. Fie has led more than a dozen summer field school programs in the Midwest, including the lower Rock River Valley.

The public is invited to a free reception immediately following each presentation. Burpee Museum is handicapped accessible and offers free parking. Additional free parking is available next door at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. The Rockford Society provides additional information about lectures, events, trips and archaeological topics on the web at

From the Feb. 8-14, 2012, issue

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