Archaeology Day will let experts identify, classify visitors' artifacts

History buffs looked over arrowheads on display at the Augusta Museum of History's Archaeology Day at the Ezekiel Harris House on Broad Street in 2008.

Archaeology Day will be Saturday at the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House.

The annual observance will feature flint knapping and primitive weapons demonstrations and displays of artifact collections by area avocational and professional archaeologists.

Archaeologists from Savannah River Site will have a display of artifacts.

Those who attend may also take a free guided tour of the Ezekiel Harris House.

"It's pretty fascinating stuff," said John Arena, the president of the Augusta Archaeological Society. "There's something for the entire family to enjoy."

People may bring artifacts to be identified and classified by the archaeologists. They are asked to bring any information they may have about the item.

"It would help the archaeologists date the artifact and tell what they are," he said.

Any Paleo-Indian and Dalton period projectile points brought to the event will be recorded to be included in Georgia's archaeological record, he said.

The goal is to raise awareness about archaeology in the area, Arena said.

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia. The event is being presented by the local archaeological society and the Augusta Museum of History.

If you go

WHAT: Archaeology Day

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St.

COST: Free

OTHER: In case of rain, the event will be held at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

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