Upcoming Events

▼   Monthly Lecture Series

All archaeology talks are FREE and open to the public! Talks are geared toward adult general audiences. Like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming programs. 

January 2018

The Search for Amelia Earhart: Expedition to Nikumaroro, Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00pm

Amelia Earhart was the most famous woman in the world between 1928, when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, until her mysterious disappearance in the South Pacific in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world. Over $40 million and tens of thousands of person-days have been spent looking for her and her navigator Fred Noonan, making this the most expensive and extensive private search effort in history. There are three main schools of thought: that Earhart/Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed in 12000 feet of seawater near their destination of remote Howland Island; that they flew over the Marshall Islands and were captured and killed by the Japanese; and that they landed on uninhabited Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati, and survived for a time before dying there.

Lew Toulmin, Ph.D. recently participated in a National Geographic Society-sponsored archaeological expedition to Nikumaroro, searching for the bones of Earhart and Noonan. The expedition used the only historic forensic dog team in the world to identify a site where Earhart may have died. Expedition archaeologists then tried a cutting-edge technique to extract her DNA from the coral, soil and a tree where the dogs alerted.

Toulmin will discuss Earhart’s life, the three major schools of thought, other unlikely theories, the Nikumaroro expedition, the DNA and other evidence collected over the years, and plans for future efforts. He will also evaluate the recent, highly controversial History Channel program on the case, which hinged on an alleged photo of Earhart in the Marshalls.

February 2018

Death comes to Oplontis: Victims of Vesuvius reveal life in 79 AD, Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00pm

Numerous urban centers in the Bay of Naples were completely destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii and Herculaneum are the most famous of these, but other areas were also affected and are less understood, even today, because of their location underneath modern development. The villa complex of Oplontis is one of these. Partial excavations in the 1980s found more than 50 skeletons together in one room, killed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption. None of the skeletons had been studied, however, until 2017, when a team of UWF and University of Michigan archaeologists finished the old excavation and began to analyze the human remains. Although only one field season has been completed, this project has already revealed information about Roman life and death in 79 AD. One of the project's long-term goals is to digitally preserve this cultural heritage through 3D scanning and photomodeling, and the launch of a website with publicly accessible models from Oplontis is scheduled to coincide with this talk; audience members will get an exclusive preview. 

▼   Family Programs and Other Special Events

Can't make it to the museum during the week? Have small children interested in fun and engaging hands-on activities? Join us for one of our Saturday programs or after-hours events!

January 2018

Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Bone Detectives, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:30pm-4:30pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Please join us for a special after school program at the USA Archaeology Museum on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:30pm! "Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Bone Detectives" is geared towards students in 4TH GRADE OR HIGHER and their parents. Students will have the opportunity to experience our bone lab activity and make new friends while inspecting and analyzing skeletal remains.

This event is FREE, but space is limited to 20 children, so please email Candice at ccravins@southalabama.edu to reserve your spot. Parents or guardians MUST remain with their children through the duration of the program.

Museum Extended Hours with Guided Tours, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:00pm-7:00pm

Can't make it to one of our Saturday programs or during the week during our regular operating hours? On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 we will be extending our hours to 7pm and offering 20-minute introductory guided tours of the Museum at 5pm and 6pm. You are also welcome to tour the museum at your leisure if one of these times does not fit with your schedule! Admission is free. 

Saturday Craft and Story Time: Turtle's Race with Beaver, Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us at the Archaeology Museum for our January Family Saturday program! This month's program will feature a read-aloud of the story "Turtle's Race with Beaver" by Joseph Bruchac at 11:15am and 1:00pm, and then kids and their families can stick around after the story to make a fun craft! The story and craft activity are geared towards children in grades K-3, but all ages are welcome! Admission is FREE. We hope to see you there!

February 2018

Saturday Craft and Story Time: Mapping My Day, Saturday, February 3, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us at the Archaeology Museum for our February Family Saturday program! This month's program will feature a read-aloud of the story "Mapping My Day" by Julie Dillemuth at 11:15am and 1:00pm, and then kids and their families can stick around after the story to make a fun craft! The story and craft activity are geared towards children in preschool through third grade, but all ages are welcome!

This is also an excellent opportunity to tour the museum if you cannot make it during the week! Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Site in a Jar! Tuesday, February 6, 2018 3:30pm-4:15pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Please join us for a special after school program on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:15pm! "Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Site in a Jar" is geared towards students in grades 2 and up and their parents. Students will have the opportunity to learn about how archaeologists study stratigraphy to learn about the people of the past and then make their own "site in a jar" to take home with them!

This event is FREE, but space is limited to 20 children. Please email Candice at ccravins@southalabama.edu to reserve your spot. Parents or guardians MUST remain with their children through the duration of the program.