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MCCD event to showcase archeology

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – Prehistoric people used atlatls to give their spears more power on big-game hunts.

And visitors to an archaeological awareness event hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District at Glacial Park’s Powers-Walker House can try their hand at using the ancient tool.

The free event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 and does not require previous registration.

Kids can dig for buried treasures in an explorer’s sandbox.

Archaeologists will be on hand to describe how these prehistoric technologies were discovered and interpreted and will share a timeline of the prehistoric past. A cavalryman will explain the archaeology of Little Big Horn.

Examples of artifacts will be on display, including some of those found at the Powers-Walker House. Stone grinding and other prehistoric skills also will be demonstrated.

Visitors also can bring their own arrowheads or prehistoric tools for identification by the professional archaeologists.

For information, call Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.

- Northwest Herald

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