Sponsored by: National Park Service
From 1 PM-4 PM on October 26, 2019, Pipestone National Monument staff are excited to host “Experiencing Archeology” to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Pipestone National Monument’s mission includes archeological research and cultural history preservation. The archeological record at Pipestone National Monument stretches back at least 5,000 years and American Indian quarriers still use the site today. The park, archeological site 21PP2, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an all-ages event free to the public. A list of activities can be found below.
Archeology Walk and Talk: 1 PM-2 PM, start in Visitor Center Auditorium
Take a walk around Pipestone National Monument while learning about the history and archeology of the site from an Archeology Ranger.
Junior Ranger Archeology Program: 1 PM-4 PM, start at Visitor Center front desk
Pipestone National Monument will be offering a special Junior Ranger Archeology Program for International Archeology Day. The program was created by the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center, and participation is free. Guests of any age can pick up a booklet at the Visitor Center front desk.
Spear throwing: 2 PM-4 PM, grassy area in front of Visitor Center
The atlatl, or “spear thrower,” allowed hunters to throw spears greater distances at higher speeds. Children can make and decorate their own atlatl, then practice using it to throw a spear or “dart” with the help of a demonstrator.
Smash for Science: 2 PM-4 PM, in front of/inside Visitor Center
Archeologists often use things such as designs or the shape of a sherd to piece pottery back together. In this activity, children will have the chance to decorate a small terracotta pot. After decorating it, they will place the pot into a zip lock bag and break it into several pieces, then match the pieces to put it back together.
Archeo Symbol Search: 2 PM-4 PM
Come try your luck at an Archeo Symbol Search game in the Visitor Center! Play a round and win a prize!