The Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Digging the Past is Saturday September 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It combines Archaeology Day and Earth Discovery Day into a single event that promotes interests in archaeology and earth science. Activities for visitors of all ages are located around the parking lot behind the Interpretive Center.
You will enjoy learning about human history and the Earth’s past with nearly 20 different activities.
· Archaeology – throw a dart with an atlatl and use primitive tools, make clay pottery, get dirty finding “artifacts” in a mock dig, play games, and more.
· Geology – Dig for fossils and minerals in our refreshed collecting piles*, explore the fossil beds, examine micro-fossils with a microscope, make an egg carton geology collection, children’s craft area to make gem trees, weather rocks, are some of the highlights.
· What do I have? Get your unknown artifacts and rocks identified by experts.
*Collecting is prohibited at the Falls of the Ohio; however, local quarries donate 30 tons of fossil-bearing Silurian Waldron shale and Devonian limestone residuum. Dig for brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, crinoids, cystoids, snails, clams, and trilobites in our collecting piles. Search the mineral pile from Rosiclare, Illinois for fluorite, sphalerite, barite and calcite. We can direct your club to other localities in the area to collect fossils. This would be an ideal weekend field trip. We hope members of your group will be able to attend!