Dickson Mounds Museum hosts artifact day

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

LEWISTOWN  — Dickson Mounds Museum will host the 32nd Annual Artifact Identification Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2.  

Museum archaeologists and other experts will identify, but not appraise, Native American artifacts, both prehistoric and historic pieces, and other objects such fossils, bones, and rock specimens. 

Visitors are encouraged to bring their curiosities and questions.  

Museum archaeologists will be available to identify Native American tools, pottery, and points.  

Also on hand will be Dr. Jonathan Reyman, Illinois State Museum, who will be examining ethnographic items.  

Dr. Terry Martin, Illinois State Museum, will be available to identify animal bone.  

Members of the local flint knapping club will be on hand to demonstrate the ancient technique of shaping chipped stone tools.  Blades from the Mackinaw-Aldrich Cache discovered in 1916 near Mackinaw in Tazewell County will also be on display.

Admission to the event is free.  Donations appreciated.

The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.  The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.  Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations.  For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit thewww.experienceDicksonMounds.com.  Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.