What did you do over summer vacation? Several anthropology students from Indiana University Northwest spent their vacations excavating ancient burial sites across the United States and South America. These students will share their fascinating experiences with the public on Friday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Library Conference Center, room 110.
Elizabeth Baker of Cedar Lake and Mara Deckter of Munster, along with their professor Kathy Forgey of Chesterton, will lead a presentation reliving almost a month spent in Peru excavating an ancient site and x-raying the mummies found there. Deckter said the dig was an excellent and exciting learning experience.
"We were lucky enough to travel all over Peru and visit other museums and archaeological sites; which enabled us to broaden our South American learning and living site. The dig site we helped excavate on was a very old settlement site that the Inca Road eventually went through in the Andes," Deckter said.
Bud Geary of Portage, Torie Lacny of Crown Point and Tom DeCola of Wheatfield will share their experiences of working at various sites along the Indiana side of the Kankakee River. Jennifer St. Germain of Valparaiso, a former IU Northwest student now in a graduate program at Northern Illinois University, excavated at a paleontology site in North Dakota. Cara Spicer of Gary will discuss her time spent as an intern at the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change at The Field Museum in Chicago.
Several of these students received financial support for their work from the IU Northwest Anthropology Club. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and pop will be served. For more information, please contact Professor Bob Mucci at (219) 980-6607.