Science Saturday: Archaeology
On Saturday August 9th, VMNH hosted a special “Science Saturday” on archaeology. While other VMNH Science Saturdays have been held in the museum, this time VMNH Curator of Archaeology Dr. Elizabeth Moore brought a variety of Native American artifacts common to the Martinsville and Henry County area for visitors to see at the Smith River Festival, held at the Smith River Sports Complex. Dr. Moore joined VMNH Marketing Manager Zach Ryder who was providing information on museum activities and events.
Dr. Elizabeth Moore and VMNH Marketing Manager Zach Ryder provided visitors with information about archaeology, as well as museum activities and events. Photo by Dr. E. Moore.
For most of the day, they were accompanied by Michael Johnson, VMNH Research Associate and retired Fairfax County Archaeologist. Mike is an accomplished flintknapper – someone who uses authentic tools and techniques to produce stone tools. Mike worked for several hours beginning with a large piece of rock, gradually working it into a projectile point. We are grateful to Mike for taking the time to drive to Martinsville from Fairfax and then back in the same day just so he could do this demonstration and speak with our visitors.
VMNH Research Associate Michael Johnson produced stone tools. Photos by Dr. E. Moore.
Learn more about archaeology, artifacts, flintknapping, and Virginia’s past in our new exhibit Exploring Virginia, opening September 5.