News Release 153

Archeology Day at Graham Cave State Park set for Sept. 14

Volume 39-153 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Graham Cave State Park will celebrate Archaeology Month by hosting Archaeology Day on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Graham Cave and is free and open to the public.

Participants can learn how an ancient spear thrower, called an “atlatl,” is made and used. After a short presentation, participants will be allowed to test their own skills with the ancient tool. There will also be the opportunity to learn about Missouri mammals and see their fur pelts. A Missouri State Park archaeologist will be on site to teach about preservation efforts and recent research at Graham Cave.

The event will also feature a collection of historical pictures and artifacts from the area courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society, along with artifacts from the early excavations at Graham Cave, courtesy of the University of Missouri Department of Anthropology. A variety of additional activities will be available thanks to the Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association.

Archeology Day at Graham Cave State Park is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Graham Cave State Park is located two miles west of Danville off Interstate 70 (Exit 170) at 217 Highway TT. For more information on the event, call the park at 573-564-3476. For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.