The University of Nebraska State Museum’s September Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore Nebraska archaeology related to stone tools with the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center and the Nebraska State Historical Society as part of ‘Nebraska Archaeology Month’. The event is September 18 from 1:30-4:30pm at Morrill Hall.
National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center’s archaeologist Erin Dempsey and archeological technician Morgan Beyer; Nebraska State Historical Society’s highway archeologists Nolan Johnson and Phil Geib with preservation archivist Kelli Bacon; and University of Nebraska State Museum collections manager Trisha Patton, will help visitors learn how archaeologists use archeological finds to study the human past.
Children and families will learn how prehistoric tools hide scrapers, mortars and pestles, atlatls (ancient weapons) - were made and what they were used for. Visitors will dig for artifacts like an archaeologist to find prehistoric and historic items. Presenters will share how archeologists use 3-D technology to photograph and study stone tools, present a flintknapping demonstration, plus more.
Visitors are encouraged to bring an artifact for archeologists to identify.
About Nebraska Archaeology Month Nebraska Archaeology Month, held in September, is a month-long exploration of Nebraska’s archaeological past. It engages professional archaeologists and the citizens of Nebraska in activities showing the archaeological richness of our State in order to encourage a new generation of archaeologists and give citizens a greater appreciation of archaeological site stewardship.