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Natural History Museum to hold 'Fossil and Artifact ID Night' Feb. 26

staff report • Feb 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

One doesn’t have to be a scientist to find fossils or other artifacts, but identifying them is a different story.

The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site will assist the public in identifying such specimens as a part of “Fossil and Artifact ID Night.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., members of the community may bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the museum’s team of experts. Light refreshments will be served.

“‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night’ is a great way for the public to find out what their collections consist of and for our scientists to learn more about our region’s past,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, director of the ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum.

“This is the first time that the museum has formally included artifacts as a part of the regularly scheduled Fossil ID Nights,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum. “We will have scientists available who specialize in artifact identification. ‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night’ is also a great way for amateur fossil collectors to meet and interact with museum personnel who aren’t always available when people visit.”

The museum cannot appraise fossils or artifacts.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.

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