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Archaeology Day - July 13

The third annual Archaeology Day is on Saturday, July 13 from 10am – 3pm on the lawn outside the old courthouse on Main Street in Fairplay. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include interactive and educational exhibits including a flint knapper demonstrating how stone was worked into tools and spear points used for hunting, hide and food processing; an erupting volcano showing how lava cooled to form obsidian, which was used for knapping to make sharp points and tool blades; a simulated survey of an archaeological site explaining the context of artifacts; lithic and projectile point identification; painting with a yucca brush; and atlatl spear throwing at a hay bale target testing the skills of today’s hunters.

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will be driving their Mobile Learning Lab to the event from Cortez, Colorado. The lab is equipped with archaeology lab equipment and tree ring samples with lessons on cordage and jewelry making; remote sensing; dendrochronology; and stratigraphy, as well as Ute, Navajo and Spanish history.

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