October is Archaeology Month in Mississippi. Sponsored by the Mississippi Archaeological Association, Archaeology Month activities include public talks on archaeology and archaeological methods, visits to ongoing archaeological fieldwork projects, site tours, and even fieldwork opportunities. These programs are financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. All events are free and open to the public. There are many events scheduled across the state. Events in the Itawamba County area will be held in Starkville, Columbus, Ackerman and New Albany. Additional programs and updates will be posted on the Mississippi Archaeological website as they become finalized.
The Mississippi Archaeological Association is an organization of professional archaeologists and lay people actively involved with archaeology and archaeological preservation, uniting in a common effort to understand the prehistory and history of Mississippi and the surrounding region. Anyone who has a sincere interest in the cultural heritage of the state and is dedicated to the preservation of that heritage for all to enjoy is eligible for membership. The Association has as one of its important objectives the mission of encouraging scientific archaeological investigations and supports the dissemination to the public of information from these investigations in its publications, which are received by its members as a benefit of membership.
For further information about the Mississippi Archaeological Association, visit the association’s website.