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Batesville museum to offer free school tours during Archeology Week
Batesville museum to offer free school tours during Archeology Week

BATESVILLE, Ark. - After receiving a grant in February, the Old Independence Regional Museum decided to use Archeology Week as a time to allow over 1,000 students to get in free. 

Not only did the Bill Jordan Education Grant give the museum a funds, but it also included the admission of 1,200 school students and a $50 stipend for each class's bus driver during Archaeology Week. 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide free tours to our regional schools. The Archeology Week programs offer a hands-on supplement for classes that have studied or will study Native American culture and Arkansas History,” said museum Humanities Educator, Amelia Bowman. “Archeology is essential in understanding past cultures and this is a great way for students to gain experience.”

During Archeology Week, school tour students will learn basic techniques for archeological excavations by using proper digging techniques to find, screen, analyze, and record artifact data found in a stratified “pit." They will also learn the differences between public archeology and private collecting and how archaeologists know where to dig. Students will view images of cave painting from our region and be encouraged to come up with an interpretation of the symbols (to date the meaning of these particular paintings are not known). They will then be have to opportunity to make their own “cave” painting using know Native American symbols.  

School tours must take place between Tuesday, March 15 and Friday March 18 to qualify for the free admission. 

To register for a tour, please contact the museum at (870)793-2121. 

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