Museum presents archaeology event

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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. 8.

From 10 to 10:30 a.m., a panel discussion titled “Archaeology in Dubois County” will feature archaeologist Dr. Rick Jones and local collectors Kenny Hochgesang and Derrick Haas.

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.

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

From 11 a.m. until noon, Dr. Jones, retired state archaeologist, will identify artifacts brought to the museum. The public is invited to bring in arrowheads and spear points to have them identified. Hochgesang and Haas also will be present to talk to the public about artifacts.

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

For more information, contact Mary Ann Hayes at 812-482-2847 or

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