International Archaeology Day with the Ohio History Connection
February 13, 2017

Visitors try their hand at pump drills. (Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection)
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In celebration of Ohio Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day 2016, the Ohio History Connection hosted Archaeology Day at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Visitors learned about archaeology through a variety of participatory activities and presentations. Visitors were able to get hands-on with archaeology by making replicas of ancient pottery, learning about pre-contact and historical archaeology at our Archaeology Fascination Stations, trying their hand at using an atlatl to throw spears, visiting exhibitor booths staffed by archaeology organizations and firms from around the region, creating murals with themes from Ohio archaeology, and bringing in family artifacts for free identification.

Visitors also enjoyed presentations about Ohio earthworks being considered for World Heritage status, the cataloguing of important archaeology collections at the Ohio History Connection, and fascinating stories of shipwrecks in Lake Erie. In honor of American Indian Week, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Glenna J. Wallace, and Delaware Nation President, Kerry Holton, talked about the history of the Shawnee and Delaware people in Ohio, their life experiences, and the important efforts underway today to foster connections between American Indian Tribes and the Ohio History Connection. Thank you to all the presenters, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff who helped make the event a big success. We are looking forward to Archaeology Day 2017 at the Ohio History Center!

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