News Release 225

Missouri State Parks hosts Archaeology Days Sept. 22-23 at Mastodon State Historic Site

Volume 39-225 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

In celebration of Archaeology Month, Mastodon State Historic Site in Imperial will host Archaeology Days Sept. 22-23. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will include special activities on Saturday and free tours of the site’s museum on both Saturday and Sunday.

Activities on Saturday will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers from the Missouri Archaeological Society-Three Rivers Chapter and other artisans will demonstrate skills of prehistoric Native Americans to the public. Native Americans used stone and plant and animal material to manufacture tools, produce clothing and shelter, and create rock art. Visitors will be invited to throw spears using an atlatl at a target. Children may paint rocks with Native American designs and crush corn or crack walnuts with grinding stones. Local artifact collections will be displayed and avocational and professional archaeologists will identify artifacts brought in by visitors. Guided tours to the former excavation site will be offered throughout the day Saturday. In addition, the museum annex will be open for everyone to enjoy the special exhibit and hands-on activities.

Mastodon State Historic Site is located 20 miles south of St. Louis on Interstate 55 in Imperial. The interstate is marked with signs to the historic site. For more information, call the historic site at 636-464-2976. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.