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Family Fun Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds on June 14

Thursday, 05 29, 2014

Carla Hildebrand,
carla.hildebrand@ky.gov
270-335-3681

WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Family-friendly, hands-on activities related to archaeology, prehistoric technology and park history will be presented at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site during the annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

 

Activities for children to enjoy include Native American-style games and storytelling, making pottery, gorget necklaces and corn shuck dolls to take home.

 

Try your skills with Native American tools such as the pump drills, blow gun, spears, atlatls, youth bows and arrows. Observe corn grinding, and watch how stone tools are crafted by flintknapping.

 

Find out how archaeology works with displays of artifact analysis, survey and grids, a simulated excavation box, and free educational materials for kids. 

 

Visitors can take a tour of the archaeological museum and, as they walk around the mounds, experience what life was like for the Mississippian people. Explore the natural environment and forest resources on the Woods Walk Trail. A special program about Native American music will be a new addition this year.

 

Also, the Ballard County’s Healthy Direction Health Coalition and Cooperative Extension will have a Plate It Up! exhibit. Fruits, vegetables and beverage samples will be available. Physical activity promotional items will also be given away.

 

Admission fee of $5 for adults, $4 for kids is for the Wickliffe Mounds site and museum and includes access to the event and activities.

 

Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture. The park features a museum, mounds, walking trail, picnic area, visitor center with tourism information and a gift shop. 

 

The park is located along the Mississippi river’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway at 94 Green St., Highway 51-60-62, Wickliffe, Ky. For more information call 270-335-3681, email carla.hildebrand@ky.gov   or visit our website at www.parks.ky.gov. 

 

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