For release: April 6, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will host it first Spring Archaeology Day at the
Museum, Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and
$3 for children.
The day will feature atlatl and axe-throwing, a hands-on archaeology lab, demonstrations
of flintknapping (making tools from stone), tours of the excavation trench, and information
on how to clean and sort artifacts. Professional archaeologists will be on hand to
help identify artifacts from surface collections.
At 3 p.m., Dr. David Dye, associate professor of earth sciences at the University
of Memphis, will discuss his new book War Paths, Peace Paths: An Archaeology of Cooperation and Conflict in Native Eastern
North America. He will be available to sign copies of his book after the presentation.
Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa serves as
a gateway to understanding the science of archaeology and the interpretation of Native
American history. The museum exhibits interpret the prehistory of the Mid-South and
contemporary Southeastern Indian cultures.
Chucalissa is located at 1785 Indian Village Drive in southwest Memphis. A map and
driving directions are available online at www.memphis.edu/chucalissa/contact.htm
For more information, call Museum Director Robert Connolly at 901-785-3160.