Archaeology Day

Join us for Archaeology Day and test your archaeology know-how. In conjunction with our new temporary exhibition, Weapons: Beyond the Blade, the special theme for this year’s event is non-firearm weapons. We’ll feature interactive programming on personal weaponry as an integral part of human history and evolution, and as emblems of power, meaning, beauty, and ingenuity.

Rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis)

This rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) specimen was collected in 1915 in Milwaukee. Rusty patched bumblebees live in prairie ecosystems and collect pollen and nectar from a variety of plants. Once a common sight in Wisconsin, the northern Midwest, and the northeastern states, land use changes and habitat loss have caused a steep decline in rusty patched bee populations. The species was listed as Federally Endangered under the Endangered Species Act in January 2017.