Family Archaeology Days Planned for Sept. 18, Sept. 25

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is hosting Family Archaeology Days Sept. 18 and 25 with two special events.

On Sept. 18, the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will host a Family Archaeology Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum, located in Room 122 of Memorial Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. This year’s theme is “After the Thaw:  Life and Change in the Archaic Period.”

Age-appropriate hands-on activities and events will be ongoing throughout the day. The activities will include participating in a mock archaeological dig, understanding the archaeologist’s tools, making Archaic period tools such as atlatls, pottery and awls, and reconstructing pottery from shards (broken pieces). Visitors will be able to view and touch reproductions and genuine artifacts from the Archaic period (ca. 8,000 – 1,000 B.C.).  The Missouri Department of Conservation also will have a display on “Life before Wal-Mart.”

The second day is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Missouri Department of Conservation Southeast Regional Headquarters at 2302 County Park Drive. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in atlatl competitions (atlatls will be provided or participants may bring their own); use Archaic tools, including stone axes; learn cordage and textile making techniques; and process typical Archaic foods, such as acorns and hickory nuts. Jim Phillips, curator of collections at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, will give PowerPoint presentations throughout the day on life in the Archaic period.

Both events are free to the public and are supported by a congressionally directed grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  For more information, call Jim Phillips at (573) 651-5993 or A.J. Hendershott, outreach and regional supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation, at (573) 290-5730, or visit www5.semo.edu/museum.