Artifact Identification Day returns to Dickson Mounds
Museum visitors encouraged to bring their
curiosities and questions
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[March 11, 2023]
The Illinois State Museum announces the return
of its annual Artifact Identification Day on Sunday, March 19 from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Dickson Mounds branch in Lewistown.
more than 40 years, this event has drawn both mundane and
spectacular objects. Museum archaeologists and other experts will
identify Native American artifacts and objects such as fossils,
animal bones, and rock specimens. Visitors are encouraged to bring
their curiosities and questions. No appraisals will be given.
This event marks the first time Dickson Mounds has held its Artifact
Identification Day post-pandemic. The last event took place in March
“We are thrilled to revive Artifact ID Day after such a long hiatus.
I’m excited to meet with visitors, view their collections, and
discuss the shared history of the Illinois River Valley,” said
Illinois State Museum Curator of Anthropology Logan Pappenfort.
Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase courtesy of
Dickson Mounds is between Lewistown
and Havana, just off Illinois route 78/97. The branch is open to the
public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, visit
www.illinoisstatemuseum.org or call 309-547-3721.
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About the Illinois State Museum
Established in 1877, the Illinois State Museum is a dynamic
institution that inspires the exploration of Illinois' past and
present to inform and enrich everyday life and promote stewardship
of cultural and natural resources. Headquartered in Springfield with
branch facilities in Lewistown and Lockport, ISM is accredited by
the American Alliance of Museums and a proud member of the
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
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