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Sunday With a Scientist

Chris St. Pierre explains different teeth to his 2-year-old daughter, Suri-Maija, at Sunday With a Scientist in this file photo.

The University of Nebraska State Museum's September Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore the state's archaeology with the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center and the Nebraska State Historical Society as part of Nebraska Archaeology Month.

The program is set for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Morrill Hall, just south of 14th and Vine Streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. The program is free after regular museum admission.

Midwest Archeological Center archaeologist Erin Dempsey, archaeological technicians Erin Carr and Morgan Beyer, Nebraska State Historical Society highway archaeologist Nolan Johnson and preservation archaeologist Phil Geib will help visitors learn how archaeologists use technology to study the human past.

Hands-on activities will include working with GPS to document archaeological finds and ground penetrating radar to understand how archaeologists know where and how to dig to find artifacts (weather permitting). Other activities will include making a hearth profile, dig boxes, learning how archaeologists use relative dating techniques to determine the age of artifacts and a flintknapping demonstration.

The Sunday with a Scientist series highlights the work of scientists while educating children and families on topics related to science and natural history.

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