Can You Dig It? Archaeology and Fossil Day

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Date(s): Sunday, October 13

Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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Can You Dig It

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting Can You Dig It?–an afternoon event on Sunday, October 13 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. at the Museum.

Archaeologists and paleontologists and their graduate students from the University of Tennessee will man displays about their projects in Greece, Jordan, Virginia, and Tennessee and talk with visitors about their work. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification. A number of activities for children, including games and take home crafts related to archaeology, will be available. All activities are free and open to the public.

Activities for children include a make-and-take Roman-style shield, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, designing Native American Pueblo pottery using stamps, and writing on clay tablets in cuneiform (ancient Mesopotamian writing). Games include identifying plant remains in sandboxes, matching animal bones, putting together ceramic vessels, and building a model Roman fort with Legos.

Among the archaeological displays will be the Roman period fort excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal in Jordan; the Mitrou archaeological project in Greece; figurines, plaques, and artifacts from caves and shrines in Greece; the Bells Bend site near Nashville and Paleoindian archaeology; Ethnobotany (plant remains from Native American sites); excavations at the 17th century Nomini plantation in Virginia; and how archaeologists identify elements and minerals in artifacts, for example, paint, using an x-ray fluorescence instrument. In addition to fossil displays, alligator bone fossilization will be presented.

Events will take place in the museum’s lobby and various galleries. The event is free and open to the public. Can You Dig It? is a Penny 4 the Arts Event, so we warmly encourage families, children, and students to attend.