News Release 554

Archaeology Days planned Sept. 25-26 at Mastodon State Historic Site

Volume 38-554 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 22, 2010 -- In celebration of September as Missouri Archaeology Month, tours of the museum at Mastodon State Historic Site near Imperial will be free of charge Sept. 25 and 26. In addition, on Sept. 25, volunteers from the Missouri Archaeological Society-Three Rivers Chapter and other artisans will demonstrate skills of prehistoric Native Americans to the public.

The activities, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the museum grounds at Mastodon State Historic Site.  Prehistoric Native Americans used stone and plant and animal materials to manufacture tools, produce clothing and shelter, and create rock art. Visitors are invited to throw spears at a target using an atlatl. Children can paint rocks with Native American designs and crush corn or crack walnuts with grinding stones.  Local artifact collections will be on display and avocational and professional archaeologists will identify artifacts brought in by visitors. Guided tours to the former excavation site will be offered throughout the day Saturday. In addition, the museum annex will be open for everyone to enjoy a special exhibit and hands-on activities.

Mastodon State Historic Site is located 20 miles south of St. Louis on Interstate 55 in Imperial.  The interstate is marked with signs to the historic site. For more information, call the historic site at 636-464-2976 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit