Join us for a day full of demonstrations, presentations, music and displays!!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10am – 4pm at Serpent Mound
Event is free with $8/vehicle parking fee. Event is under shelter – rain or shine.
Local artifact collectors will be on site displaying their collections. A professional archaeologist will be on-site to help identify the artifacts you bring in of your own. Time-honored Skill demonstrations such as flint knapping and atlatl throwing will be ongoing throughout the day. In the picnic shelter, a professional presentation by archaeologist Jarrod Burks will be provided. For the children, we’ll have American Indian games. You are welcome to tour the mound and take a self guided hike on our nature trail.
1:00PM: Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics – Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
The Search for Ohio’s Earthwork Sites
Dr. Burks will present on his continued efforts to locate other earthwork sites in southern Ohio through aerial photo analysis and geophysical survey. He will talk about a number of newly discovered sites, as well as new information from old sites such as Snake Den (Pickaway Co) and the Frankfort Works (Ross County).
Ancient Artifacts on Display
Artifact collectors from all over Ohio will display their collections to the public. These individuals are experts in this field and are ready to share their thoughts about the last 10,000 years of Ohio History.
Ancient American Tools
Living history reenactors will discuss how the ancient Americans made and used various tools. This includes demonstrations on how to use pump drills and fire bows. The public is often invited to try their hand at using these tools.
Artifact Identification Booth
Professional archaeologists will be on hand to help Identify and Interpret your artifacts. Bill is a professional archaeologist working at the Ohio History Connection. He has over 35 years’ experience in identifying, classifying, cataloging and preserving American Indian artifacts.
Flint Knapping is a process of shaping flint/chert into a usable tool or weapon. Harold Elam and Donnie Tincer will demonstrate this hard to learn skill and will answer whatever questions you may have regarding the process. Watch both of these master craftsmen take, what appears to be a common rock, and form it into a beautiful arrowhead in a matter of minutes. Both craftsmen will have samples of their trade for sale.
Bows and arrows are a rather recent invention in the Americas and have been used for less than 1,500 years. However, during the previous 8,000 years it was the Atlatl that was the primary hunting weapon for American Indians. The Atlatl is basically a uniquely shaped wooden stick that is used to throw a lightweight spear. Vince Schuler will discuss the history and will demonstrate the proper usage of the atlatl. An atlatl throwing range will be set up and the public can try their hand at mastering this unique skill.
Pottery was an extremely important catalyst in shifting American Indian cultures from Hunter-Gather groups to the larger and more agriculturally oriented settlements.
American Indian Music
Steve Free, an accomplished American Indian songwriter, singer and musician will be performing from 1 to 3 PM just outside the visitors’ center. Steve is an internationally known folk singer. He will be performing a variety of folk songs, including some in the Shawnee language. You really don’t want to miss this!
American Indian Games
The park staff will engage visiting children with American Indian games that they can play. This activity is free to the public. (10am to 4pm)