Archaeology Friday Fun

Paleo Indian and Symbolism

Archaeology Fridays are a free education program for K-3rd graders. We do ask that you call in advance to let us know you plan to com 618-653-4316. The first two sessions welcomed a small but engaged bunch of Kampsville kids. Our first session theme was Paleo-Indian and Symbolism. We talked about the culture of the Paleo-Indian period including what it must have been like to live with mega fauna (mammoths & mastodons) and then talked about pictographs and how without words, symbols are important to share ideas. We finished by making our own art and a very common symbol found on rock walls around the world, hand prints.

Our second Archaeology Friday session theme was Early Archaic and Domestication. We talked about how the environment changed from Paleo-Indian period to Early Archaic and how the people changed their style of living. We talked about seasonal rounds, the practice of moving with the seasons to places where food and resources are available and then talked about domesticated animals. We know that the earliest domesticated dog burial dates back to this time period. The participants cut out pictures of animals and made collages for domestic and wild animal categories. To have a little outdoor fun, we threw spears outside with and without the atlatl a tool known to have been used for hunting during the Early Archaic time period.

Eco Adventure Day Camp will be Cancelled

Due to the extreme flooding in Calhoun county, we will be cancelling the Eco Adventure Day Camp for both June and July.

All of our other programs are still open! We will still have all field schools including High School Field School, Adult Field School, and the ASU Field School as well as our REU program.

In addition, Friday Archaeology, a free program for K-3rd graders, will still be held. The location has moved to the old Kampsville school instead of the Museum.

Please call 618-653-4316 to sign up for Friday Archaeology or get further details on our other programs.

Flintknapping Workshop 2019

Despite the ongoing floods, the 2019 Flintknapping Workshop participants enjoyed a great week of learning an ancient craft. Creek walks, heat treating, percussion techniques, pressure flaking, and night time cook outs made for a memorable week of fun and learning.

Friday Archaeology is Moving

Due to current flood conditions, our free Friday Archaeology program for K-3rd graders will be held in the gym at the old Kampsville school. Please join us Friday, June 7, 2019 from 10-11:30am for some learning and fun. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know you are planning to attend by calling the office 618-653-4316. See you Friday!

Flood Update

It’s been one week since our post announcing the museum’s closing as a result of flooding. At the time, none of our buildings were affected, but NWS predicted the flood to crest at 37.5 ft. We closed the museum and began preparing for high water immediately.

The river is currently at 37.85 ft.

Flood stage and prediction as of 3:30 pm at the Hardin gauge.

Our hope is that this is the beginning of the end of the 2019 flood, however it is possible that the rivers could begin to rise again. Here are some pictures of what’s happening in Kampsville:

CAA Museum and Maynard building during the 2019 Flood on Monday, 6 May.

The current prediction is for the flood to hang around for a few days and then begin to drain. The Mississippi River at Grafton has already crested and is draining…for now.

Let’s hope it continues to do so!

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