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Campus Martius Museum holds Archaeology Day

Harper Booher, 8, excavates for artifacts at a dig site set up by Campus Martius Museum Program Coordinator Dan Hedges Saturday for the museum’s Archaeology Day.

Studying the past has been part of the area’s history since its earliest days, starting with the prehistoric earthworks they found.

“Many of those arriving at Marietta took little notice to the unusual earthen formations,” reads a wall panel set up at Campus Martius Museum. “For some the curious nature of these creations caused them to describe them to friends, scholars and periodicals. Many made drawings

including accurate surveys. Others attempted to guess their age using the rings of fallen trees. Some even attempted excavations to discover what might lie within.

“However, most importantly, The Ohio Company of Associates, realizing the important significance of the earthworks, set them aside as common grounds in order to save them for future generations. Time and the advances of civilization has brought about many changes to these earthworks but the words, maps and discoveries of these early pioneers remain,” it says.

The museum embraced this interest Saturday with Archaeology Day, which allowed guests to view local discoveries and try their hand at making some of their own.

Many people brought items like arrowheads, old tools and pipes that they’d found around the region.

Sisters Addison,14, and Corinna Wolfe, 12, try their hands at using a pump drill. These hand cranked tools were used to make items like beads, ornaments, pipes or anything that needed a hole.

“There is still stuff out there to be discovered and history to be told,” said Waterford resident Richard Henry, who set up a table full of his own finds to show people.

Children at the event could do crafts, learn about the artifacts and dig up some cool finds

Dan Hedges, program coordinator at the museum, set up two dig sites Saturday for kids to search for dinosaur eggs and artifacts.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

Waterford resident Richard Henry shows his collection of local artifacts to Joe Gingerich, a professor at Ohio University, during Archaeology Day Saturday at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta.

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