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Fort Stanwix invites guests to dig into local history Saturday

Posted 9/24/19

Scavenger hunts, a mock mini-dig and an archaeological tour of Fort Stanwix will be just a few of the activities for visitors of all ages at the national monument during its annual International …

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Fort Stanwix invites guests to dig into local history Saturday

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Scavenger hunts, a mock mini-dig and an archaeological tour of Fort Stanwix will be just a few of the activities for visitors of all ages at the national monument during its annual International Archeology Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Activities will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and are free of charge, according to an announcement by Fort Stanwix National Monument officials.

Archaeologists from around the state will be on site at the fort that never surrendered to talk with visitors and share some of their work, the event announcement added.

In addition to the artifact scavenger hunts, mock mini-dig and archaeological tour, visitors will be able to enjoy a barrel making demonstration and challenge their observation skills by documenting reproduction museum objects. There will also be a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the museum collection to hear about the ongoing work and see artifacts not on exhibit.

The Rome Historical Society and the Friends of Fort Stanwix National Monument, will also host a presentation about recent archaeological investigations at the Fort Bull site in west Rome, conducted by the Public Archeology Facility at the Binghamton University.

The exhibit “Dig! Study! Share!” will also be available for visitors at the Historical Society’s museum.

The exhibit is designed just for kids and features a dig pit full of strange objects ready to be examined and cataloged by young aspiring archaeologists. Screens, shovels, brushes, and more can all be used while searching for artifacts, just like at a real archaeological dig.

The next event taking place at Fort Stanwix National Monument is the Oneida Carry Days, a French & Indian War Weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 5 in partnership with the Fort Bull Research Group. 

A full schedule of park events can be found on www.nps.gov/fost. All park events are free.

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the park is free. For information about upcoming events, call the park at
315- 338-7730, visit the park’s web page at www.nps.gov/fost or follow Fort Stanwix National Monument on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

Fort Stanwix is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about national parks, visit www.nps.gov. 

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