9/20/2014 | Graham Cave State Park | Danville, MO
Travel through history while enjoying a day of activities and nature. Learn from Missouri Atlatl Association members how an ancient spear thrower, called an “atlatl,” is made and then test your skills throwing a spear/dart using the atlatl. There will be flint knapping demonstrations and an opportunity to learn about Missouri mammals and see their fur pelts. A Missouri State Park archaeologist will be on hand to talk about preservation efforts and recent research at Graham Cave.
The event will also feature a collection of historical pictures and artifacts from the area courtesy of the Graham family descendants and the Montgomery County Historical Society, along with artifacts from the early excavations at Graham Cave, courtesy of the University of Missouri, Department of Anthropology. Thanks to the Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association and the Missouri Archaeological Society, Three Rivers Chapter, there will be a variety of children’s activities including corn grinding with mano and metate, historical artifact exercises, and archaeology-related activity sheets.
Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., park representatives will be available at the welcome tent to discuss future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. Click here to read the news release.
Event times: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.