‘Archeology on Ice’ exhibit opens Thursday at NIU’s Pick Museum

August 30, 2018

DeKALB – The Pick Museum of Anthropology will host an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday for its new exhibition “Archeology on Ice.” The museum is in Cole Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

Originally curated by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, this exhibition introduces the field of glacial archeology and the unique archeological discoveries found in melting ancient ice in Alaska.

Through photographs, narrative sections and museum objects, Archeology on Ice highlights the environmental and physical contexts of glaciers. Working with tribal participation, glacial archeologists reveal new discoveries about ancient migration, human settlement and the physical environment. These discoveries contribute to larger studies of contemporary climate and environmental change.

“Archeology on Ice” will be on view at the Pick Museum of Anthropology through Nov. 3.

This exhibition was sponsored by the NIU Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Anthropology and Geology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Energy and Sustainability.

Founded in 1964 by the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Pick Museum of Anthropology houses a permanent collection of more than 22,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects. Collections emphasize Southeast Asia, but include textiles, baskets and ceramics from throughout the world. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

To learn about the Pick Museum of Anthropology, visit www.niu.edu/anthro_museum.

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