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MCCD helps residents dig up past with 'Archaeological Awareness' program.

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 11:26 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – Community members can try their hand at throwing an atlatl and pretend they are on a prehistoric big game hunt at McHenry County Conservation District’s “Archaeological Awareness” program.

It will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the historic Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

Archaeologists will be on hand to describe how these prehistoric technologies are discovered and interpreted, and they will share a timeline of the prehistoric past.

Examples of artifacts will be on display, including some found at the Powers-Walker House.

Young ones can dig for buried treasures in the explorer’s sandbox. Stone grinding and other prehistoric skills will be demonstrated. A mounted cavalryman will explain the archaeology of Little Big Horn.

Attendees can bring their own arrowheads (points) or prehistoric tools for identification by professional archaeologists.

The program is free and registration is not required.

For information, contact Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

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