Museum announces archaeology program

JASPER — September is Archaeology Month in Indiana. In cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, the Dubois County Museum will present a special archaeology program on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

A panel discussion, “Archaeology in Dubois County,” will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Archaeologist Dr. Rick Jones, along with local collectors Kenny Hochgesang and Derrick Haas, will give the program.

The purpose of the panel is to learn about the Native Americans who lived in this area for more than 12,000 years from the artifacts they left behind. Local collectors will share their knowledge of the type of artifacts and the notable artifacts discovered in Dubois County. The archaeologists will interpret the artifacts based on the latest scientific knowledge of prehistoric Native Americans.

The goal of the panel discussion is to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the earliest people who lived in this area. As the local collectors share their knowledge with archaeologists, the information will be added to the recorded history of the area.

From 10:30 until 11 a.m., Haas will discuss how native people were able to produce stone tools and weapons from locally available resources.

Dr. Rick Jones, retired state archaeologist, will identify artifacts brought to the museum from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to bring in arrowheads and spear points. Hochgesang and Haas also will be present to talk to the public about Native American artifacts.

The museum will be open as usual on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit the museum’s Native American and Archaeology’s exhibit, “People of the Woodlands.” 

The museum is located at 2704 N. Newton St. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit www.duboiscountymuseum.org for prices.

 




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