News Release 316

Archaeology Days scheduled Sept. 24-25 at Mastodon State Historic Site

Volume 39-316 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., SEPT. 16, 2011 - In celebration of Missouri Archaeology Month, admission to the Mastodon State Historic Site’s museum in Imperial will be free to everyone on Sept. 24-25. In addition, on Saturday, Sept. 24, volunteers from the Missouri Archaeological Society-Three Rivers Chapter and other artisans will demonstrate skills of prehistoric Native Americans to the public. The activities on Saturday will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the museum grounds.

Prehistoric Native Americans used stone as well as plant and animal materials to manufacture tools, produce clothing and shelter, and create rock art. During the event, these skills will be demonstration to the public. Visitors are invited to throw spears using an atlatl at a target. Children may paint rocks with Native American designs and crush corn or crack walnuts with grinding stones. Local artifact collections will be displayed 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 the 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 Missouri 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