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Archeological Survey and ASU Museum host Archeology Day


JONESBORO – How do archeologists make conclusions based on what is found in the dirt? How do they accurately describe a 1,000-year-old culture based on its ancient garbage?  And what is that oddly shaped stone your dog dug up? 

To learn the answers to these and other questions, the public is invited to Arkansas State University Museum for Archeology Day on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Museum and Arkansas Archeological Survey are hosting the day.

At 10 a.m., visitors may hear excerpts from the book, "Motel of Mysteries," a fictional spoof drawing hilarious conclusions from modern "archeological finds." Afterwards, they can play pro vs. amateur to see how one’s imagination can conjure up fanciful conclusions about everyday objects, then at 11 a.m. discover the secrets left behind by a fictional society while searching for “artifacts” and interpreting their meaning. 

Throughout the event, visitors may bring Native American artifacts for identification by professional archeologists.  The purpose of the identification is to learn more about the age, function, and cultural meaning of objects that have been found throughout our region. No appraisals will be made. 

Arkansas State University Museum is located at 320 University Loop.  This is a free family event with something of interest for most age levels.  ASU Museum supports lifelong learning and encourages families to play and learn together.  For birthday party information, visit http://museum.astate.edu.

Regular hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted.

For further information, contact Jill Kary (jkary@astate.edu), curator of education, ASU Museum, at 870-972-2074, or like the museum on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ASUMuseum.

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