MILLEDGEVILLE — Expert archeologists from the middle Georgia area will be on site at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum this weekend to help artifact collectors identify and gain knowledge about their one-of-a-kind items.
As Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Society’s seventh annual Artifact Identification Day, the event is slated from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on the ground floor of the Old Statehouse building on the Georgia Military College campus in the Native American Gallery.
“This is one of our most popular events we host every year because it gives an opportunity for people to share their objects and what they’ve discovered, and learn through what other people bring in,” said Amy Wright, executive director of the museum. “Being on the Oconee River, it’s such a rich area for Native American artifacts and having had Sherman’s troops stationed here in 1864, there are a lot of Civil War artifacts to be found.”
Robins Air Force Base on-site archaeologist Stephen Hammack and other expert archaeologists from the Middle Georgia Archeology Club will be present to help solve the mysteries of various objects, including rocks, Indian artifacts, pottery, Civil War items and other treasures.
“We have had everything from petrified snails to Civil War buttons to pre-historic rocks and Native American pottery. One gentleman in the past brought in more than 1,000 arrowheads in his collection,” Wright said. “It’s always fascinating what the archeologists have to say about articles people bring in. They share their expertise and it’s amazing the kinds of things people have discovered in their own backyards that have such great history.”
The event is free and open to the public. Admission to the museum will also be free during the event.
“We look forward to this event every year. It’s a family learning experience; it’s fun and it’s cool,” Wright said. “The whole family can join in the excitement.”