News Release 317

Celebrate Missouri Archaeology Month with Artifact Road Show Sept. 25 at Van Meter State Park

Volume 39-317 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 16, 2011 -- Celebrate Missouri's cultural history with an Artifact Road Show Sept. 25 and a special exhibit throughout September at Van Meter State Park near Miami. The free event, part of the effort to recognizing September as Missouri Archaeology Month, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center located in the park.

Do you have artifacts or other archaeological objects that you want to learn more about or discover their history? Members of the Sedalia-West Central Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society will be on hand to help identify your objects. Pieces of collections from Archaeology Society members will be on display. Buying and selling of artifacts is not permitted.

Throughout September, visitors will have an opportunity to see the Cody Complex exhibit. The Cody Complex people existed 10,500 to 8,000 years ago. By identifying some of the points and knives the Cody Complex are associated with, historians know they were present along and south of the Missouri River in central Missouri. Tom Hartline, president of the Sedalia-West Central Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, has compiled a collection of authentic examples of the six different types of Cody Complex artifacts from Missouri.

From May through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Van Meter state Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information, call the park at 660-886-7537 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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