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Dig up the past at Marr Park event

Sep 09, 2013

Do you have a budding archaeologist in the family? Are you interested on what artifacts can tell us about the past? Then come to the “Digging up the Past” program at Marr Park. This program is sponsored by the Washington County Conservation Board and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Conservation Education Center.

In honor of Archaeology Month, bring out the entire family to learn about archaeology and archaeology digs. We’ll do a dig of our own (simulated) and see what we can learn from the objects we find. What are they and what is their purpose? How were they used? During what time period were they used? What does this mean about the inhabitants of Iowa? What can we know and what do we need to assume? We’ll examine authentic artifacts as well as pseudo-artifacts and discuss how Iowa weather plays a part in what is and is not preserved.

The Conservation Education Center is located at the south end of Marr Park, one mile west of Ainsworth and six miles east of Washington on Highway 92.

For questions about this program, contact naturalist Pam Holz at the Washington County Conservation Board office at 319-657-2400 or <wccbnaturalist@iowatelecom.net>.

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