In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee and the Archaeological Institute of America’s East Tennessee Society will host Can You Dig It?, a free, family friendly event with activities about archaeology and fossils. The event will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the museum.
UT archaeologists, paleontologists, geologists, and graduate students will host displays about their local and global projects. They will talk with visitors about their work and offer hands-on activities. Visitors also can bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils to the museum for identification by experts.
The event will also have activities for children, including make-and-take Roman-style shield decorating, writing names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, creating clay fossil molds, and matching animal bones.
The McClung Museum will also host a panel of local female scientists at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the museum’s auditorium. The panel is part of the state-wide Tennessee STEAM Festival, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The panel aims to promote the diversity of career options within the STEAM branches as well as highlight the support available to women through mentorships and professional networks.
The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive on UT’s campus. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1–5 p.m. Sundays. Parking passes are not needed on the weekends.
All activities are open to the public.