Archaeology Day
Join us for a day full of Native American demonstrations, presentations, music and displays!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017 10am – 4pm at Serpent Mound

Event is free with $8/vehicle parking fee. Event is under shelter – rain or shine.
Woodies Goodies will be set up in the parking area selling food all day.

Steve Free will be on site from 1:00 – 3:00PM for an open air concert.

Presentations

1:00PM: Dr. Brad Lepper – WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SERPENT MOUND AND NEW INTERPRETATIONS

In this presentation, Dr. Lepper will walk the audience through what we know about Serpent Mound and how we know it. There has been a substantial amount of research conducted at the park since 2012 which directly challenges some of the older interpretations.  Much of this research involves more modern archaeological techniques and new equipment, such as ground penetrating radar. Dr. Lepper will address how the prehistoric interpretations are evolving and where we go from here

3:00PM: Jeffrey Wilson – HOW SERPENT MOUND WAS SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION

Many people are unaware that Serpent Mound nearly met the same fate as many other prehistoric earthworks here in Ohio, that is, being destroyed by farming. When Dr. Fredrick Putman (Curator of Archaeology for the Peabody Institute) first visited Serpent Mound in 1883, the entire bluff upon which the effigy is located was planted in corn and the mound was in danger of being plowed under. Dr. Putnam’s visit set in motion a trail of events that would ensure its preservation for future generations. Mr. Wilson will present the fascinating story of how the good ladies of Boston saved one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States.

Ancient Artifacts on Display

Artifact experts will be on site to share their amazing collections with the public. Learn about over 10,000 years of Ohio’s history!

Ancient American Tools

Living history reenactors will discuss ancient tools and implements, including demonstrations on how to use pump drills and fire bows.

Artifact Identification Booth

BRING YOUR ARTIFACTS!! Experts will be on hand to interpret your artifacts. Who made that old arrowhead your grandfather found in his field? Bring your collection to find out!

Flint Knapping

Flint Knapping is the process of shaping flint. Watch as Harold Elam demonstrates this skill during the day.

Atlatl Demonstrations

An Atlatl is a tool used to throw spears. Watch and join Vince Schuler demonstrate this skill throughout the day.

Ancient Pottery

Pottery became very important when ancient American Indians started to live in settlements. See how it was created.

Colonial Life and First Contact 

A living history reenacter colonial garb and with an original Kentucky Long Rifle talks about life on the frontier, and the Indian wars of the 18th century.

Native American Kid Games

Staff will be on site to engage children in Native American Games as well as painting faces.