Exploring Joara Foundation will help identify artifacts

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:01 pm

MORGANTON – For those who frequently dig in the dirt and find treasures of civilizations past, now is the time to unearth the truth of what they are.

The Exploring Joara Foundation is offering its first Archaeology Day on Saturday.

The event, sponsored in part with The History Museum of Burke County, is allowing locals the opportunity to bring any artifacts they may have found to have them identified by professional archaeologists.

“We’ve partnered with The History Museum to present to the public what is archaeology and how do you do archaeology,” Exploring Joara Foundation staff archaeologist John Krebs said.

This is the first time Exploring Joara Foundation is offering an Archaeology Day. Krebs said he expects a crowd similar in size to the public dig day at the Berry Site.

The Berry Site is the Native American town occupied from AD 1400-1600. Archaeologists have identified The Berry Site as the Town of Joara.

“Typically, our field day draws up to 1,000 (people),” Krebs said.

At the event, participants may bring up to 10 artifacts to be analyzed and identified.

Krebs said the 10 artifact limit was created to allow the archaeologists on hand time to identify everyone’s artifacts.

The archeologists on hand include Krebs, Alan May, and David Moore. May is the research coordinator and curator of archaeology at the Schiele Museum and Gastonia. Moore is an archaeology professor at Warren Wilson College.

“As archaeologists, we have been exposed to kind of a large time spectrum,” Krebs said.

Krebs said May specializes in prehistoric archeology while Krebs and Moore focus on historic archeology.

Other activities at Archaeology Day include a flint knapping demonstration, if weather permits.

“We will have flint knapping which is stone tool-making, but depending on the weather,” Krebs said. “We will have hand on activities.”

Saturday’s event runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The History Museum of Burke County.

For more information, call 828-439-2463

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