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Kids dig into the past at Fernbank Museum
Facility marks Archaeology Month with activities
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A family examines the pots of an early civilization during the “Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island” at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta.

Fernbank Museum kicks off Archaeology Month with special programming and discounts throughout May.

Programs will allow Fernbank visitors opportunities to meet real archaeologists, receive hands-on experiences and see displays of archaeological artifacts. Activities celebrate Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month, a statewide platform to promote the archaeological resources in the state and create awareness about the importance of protecting Georgia’s archaeological heritage.

Exhibitions, discounts and some activities are available every day throughout May, with additional programming offered at select dates and times.

Exhibition highlights available every day are:

  • Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherines Island — Discover how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery, from North American’s oldest examples to 16th century Spanish artifacts.
  • De Soto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia — Explore a collection of rare artifacts from Fernbank’s on-going archaeological expedition to investigate the history of early contact between Native American Indians and Europeans in Georgia. The exhibition showcases some of the rare artifacts that tell of those encounters and will reveal the significance of the findings.
  • NatureQuest — Children can explore archaeology through hands-on activities and see a mock dig site. They can also climb inside a replica dugout canoe modeled after the real dugout canoe in the Naturalist Center.

Special activities include:

  • ArchaeoBus, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 — Meet an archaeologist and enjoy a variety of hands-on, archaeology-themed activities. Find out about prehistoric archaeology and historical archaeology.
  • Self-guided Archaeology Around the Museum/Be An Archaeologist Activity — Learn more about archaeology around the museum using this special activity as your guide. A limited number of guides will be available at the Greeter’s Station or you can download your own copy from Fernbank’s website at http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/media/165085/ArchMonth2015.pdf.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger.

Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org or 404-929-6300 or 404-929-6400.

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