The St. Tammany Parish Library has increased your learning potential this fall and all aspiring Indiana Joneses are invited to attend. The library has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Archaeology and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum to present Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Madisonville Branch.
"This family-friendly event is designed to give people a glimpse at Louisiana's archaeological treasures that have historical value but to also hear from leading experts in the field," said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. "I'm excited about this unique opportunity to bring awareness to our state's rich and diverse archeological sites that are of interest to our citizens."
Activities presented will include a mock archaeological dig, ceramic making, pump drill activity, mano and metate grinding and an atlatl (ancient spear thrower) competition. Children can do a stratigraphy (geological layers) activity where kids build a site in a bottle using different color sand and “artifacts” (beads, small shells, etc.). Little ones will reconstruct pottery using a paper image which they glue to paper plates then color.
"The library is thrilled to partner with the L.A. Department of Archaeology and Maritime Museum for this event. We hope the community will come to learn and appreciate the amazing real stories that come to life through the study of archaeology,” said Jennifer Rifino, Teen Services Coordinator. “The Maritime Museum will offer *FREE* admission to those who attend Archaeology Day. Families can enjoy a day of free activities along the beautiful backdrop of the Tchefuncte River.”
Archaeology Day is free and open to the public.