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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Thanks to all who helped create a successful first Archaeology Day!

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On February 22, 2020, Calkins Nature Area staff hosted their fist ever Archaeology Day. Throughout the day, Cherie Haury-Artz and Veronica Mraz, professionals from the Iowa Office of State Archaeology, were present to carefully examine and identify artifacts from collectors drawn to the event from all across the state. Matt Graesch of the Iowa DNR was also on site to demonstrate the skillful techniques of flint knapping, or primitive stone tool making. Nature center staff worked alongside Jeff Ulch, guiding tours of his 10,000 plus treasured artifacts known as the "Ulch Collection". Out in the Calkins’ prairie were elk, caribou and black bear targets spread out for visitors to try their hand at the Native American hunting technique of atlatl spear throwing. Mykel Gherke was another volunteer; an avid outdoorsman, Mykel contributed his time to teaching the public all about primitive trapping and fire making technique. All in all, the event was a wildly popular success. With an estimated between 300-400 guests, a demand for a second Archaeology Day will be likely!

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