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Idaho Archaeological Society meets at UI to discuss new ways for people to get involved in fascinati

Technology and public outreach were key topics at the Idaho Archaeological Society's 39th annual conference Saturday on the University of Idaho campus.

The conference featured 15 presentations by professional and amateur archaeologists from across the state. Marc Munch, president of the IAS, said there's been a long-standing interest in Idaho for archaeology.

"Archaeology is the study of humans in the past. In Idaho we've had 12,000 years of humans here, and archaeologists in the state right now are doing investigations of peoples throughout that entire time period," Munch said.

Saturday's presentations represented that variety with a study dating back more than 10,000 years and one dating back just 100 years.

"Going from Paleo Indian stuff to the lives of the rich and famous in Boise and everything in between," said Mark Warner, an anthropology professor at UI who helped organize the event.