See archaeology in action at Glidden Homestead

Published: Monday, June 20, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:18 p.m. CDT
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Northern Illinois University archaeology students are "Digging up the Past" at Joseph Glidden's 1870's brick barn in DeKalb.

Residents can get up close and personal with archaeology in their own back yard when Glidden Homestead hosts a program on archaeology and the current site excavation at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Eli Orrvar, master’s candidate at Northern Illinois University and project leader of the excavation at the Glidden Barbed Wire Barn, will give a lecture about archaeology, what it is and how it is done, followed by a question-and-answer portion in the Glidden Barn where the excavation is taking place.

Glidden’s brick barn can be considered the monument for the invention of barbed wire, a symbol of innovation in the Midwest, the workshop of an iconic inventor. Fun activities for kids to learn about archaeology will be included that day. Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016. A program listing can be found at

The Glidden Homestead, located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement.

For more information, visit, email or call 815-756-7904.

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