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News Release 165

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 12, 2014 Volume 42-14-165 

Celebrate Graham Cave State Parks' 50th year with Archeology Day Sept. 20

Jefferson City, Mo. - Graham Cave State Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary with Archaeology Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Graham Cave. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a variety of activates focusing on the early residents of central Missouri. Participants can learn from Missouri Atlatl Association members how an ancient spear thrower, called an “atlatl,” is made and then test their skills throwing the atlatl. There will be flint knapping demonstrations and an opportunity to learn about Missouri mammals and see their fur pelts. Children can enjoy a variety of activities including corn grinding with mano and metate, historical artifact exercises, and archaeology-related activity sheets provided by the Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association and the Missouri Archaeological Society and Three Rivers Chapter.

A Missouri State Parks archaeologist will be on hand to talk 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 Graham family descendants and the Montgomery County Historical Society, along with artifacts from the early excavations at Graham Cave, courtesy of the University of Missouri’s Department of Anthropology.

From 1-2 p.m., park representatives will be available at the Welcome Tent for the park’s informational meeting. Guests are invited to share feedback and suggestions about park services and operations. This open-house style meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

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 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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Celebrating 40 years of taking care of Missouri’s natural resources. To learn more visit www.dnr.mo.gov.