Calkins Artifacts

Calkins Nature Area will host an Archaeology Day Saturday, Feb. 22. The event will feature Jeff Ulch’s artifact collection, which he gifted to Calkins four years ago. In addition to tours of the collection (a portion of which is pictured), visitors are welcome to take their own artifact finds for identification by archaeologists.

You’ve been wondering about that rock you found in a field a couple of years ago. Was it part of an ancient tool? Who may have used it? And for what purpose? The staff at Calkins Nature Area want to help you find answers to those questions, and they’ll offer that opportunity next month at their first-ever Archaeology Day.

The idea for the day came from the nature center’s new collection of Native American artifacts that was gifted to Calkins four years ago by Jeff Ulch. Ulch spent decades searching streams, woods and fields in Hardin and Marshall counties, and turned up thousands of artifacts including bones, arrowheads and pots.

Calkins Artifacts

The Jeff Ulch artifact collection at Calkins Nature Area is one of the most well-documented in the state. In 2016, the entire collection was logged and labeled (above) before being put on display in the Calkins Museum. Ulch will lead two private tours of the collection during Calkins' Archaeology Day on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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