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Public Presentation on Talkeetna Archaeological Excavation Project

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Date: July 15, 2013
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583

TALKEETNA, Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve, in partnership with the Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a Historic Archaeological Field School in Talkeetna the week of July 15th. The participants, all local high school students, will obtain hands-on experience with archaeological excavation and documentation at site TAL-157, which dates to the early 1920s. It is located next to the Talkeetna Ranger Station.

On Friday, July 19, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, the field school students will do a public presentation on what they learned about the excavation site and the artifacts that were recovered. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a discussion session. Everyone, especially those with an interest in the cultural history of Talkeetna, is invited to attend! Refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the Denali Arts Council.

For additional information on the field school, please contact park archaeologist Phoebe Gilbert at e-mail us or through the Talkeetna Ranger Station at (907) 733-2231.

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