Archaeology Day

Cherie Haury-Artz from the Iowa Office of State Archaeologist examines a bison tooth that was found by Emily Tyndall, of Ames. Archaeologists were at Calkins' Archaeology Day on Saturday to identify artifacts brought in by the public.

The past was alive at Calkins Nature Area on Saturday. While stone was being shaped into arrowheads in one room, steel and flint were sparking fire down the hall.

The activities were part of the first-ever Archaeology Day at the nature center west of Iowa Falls. Hundreds of people - attendance was estimated at 300 to 400 - traveled from points throughout Iowa to learn about Iowa’s heritage first-hand.

Archaeology Day

Laura Mast, Briar Mast, Finn Wolff and Al Mast (from left) listen as Veronica Mraz, of the Office of State Archaeologist, talk with them about the artifacts they've found on hikes. The artifact identification was part of Calkins Nature Area's first-ever Archaeology Day on Feb. 22, 2020.

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