News Release 043

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392

March 25, 2014 Volume 42-14-043 

Learn about recent archaeological investigations at Van Meter State Park April 10

Jefferson City, Mo. - Visitors are invited to attend a lecture given by Professor Jack H. Ray on an archaeological project conducted at Van Meter State Park near Miami. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will take place at Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in Van Meter State Park.

Jack H. Ray, professor at Missouri State University Center for Archaeological Research, will present an overview of the archaeological survey that was conducted in the fall of 2013. He will discuss the archeological sites that date between 2,000 and 300 years, with a focus on those associated with large-scale quarrying of high-quality chert. This chert was processed into stone tools such as spear points, arrowheads, knives and scrapers.

Entrance to the cultural center is free and open to the public. Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays from October through March.

Van Meter state Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information about the event, contact the park at (660) 886-7537. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


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