Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fernbank Museum Celebrates Georgia Archaeology Month

Fernbank Museum will offer a variety of special programming throughout May in celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month, a statewide platform to promote the archaeological resources present in the state and create awareness about the importance of protecting Georgia’s archaeological heritage.

Opportunities to enjoy Georgia Archaeology Month at Fernbank Museum range from archaeological artifacts on display in the exhibitions Conveyed in Clay and DeSoto’s Footprints; to exploring a simulated dig in the all-new permanent children’s exhibition, Fernbank NatureQuest; to a variety of special programs that include activities for families, Scouts and adults.

Explore Fernbank’s exhibitions:

* Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St Catherines Island

* DeSoto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia

* Fernbank NatureQuest

Enjoy a Special Program:

* Boy Scout Merit Badge Archaeology Program

Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

$25 per Scout

To register, call 404.929.6379 or download registration form at

This special program, led by a Fernbank Museum archaeologist, is designed to help Boy Scouts working on their Archaeology Merit Badge. You’ll have fun and fulfill several requirements at the same time!

* Weekend Wonders: I Dig Archaeology

Saturday May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, Noon – 2pm, Naturalist Center

Included with Museum admission and free for Members. Call 404.929.6400 for tickets.

Dig in for family fun with archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies.

* DeSoto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia

Presentation by Dennis Blanton, Fernbank Curator of Native American Archaeology

Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m., Fernbank Auditorium

Free, RSVP required at 404.929.6400

Fernbank archaeological expeditions in southeastern Georgia have turned up rare evidence that challenge our ideas about early history, specifically regarding Spanish exploration and interactions between the Spanish and the established Native American communities in the early 1500s. Join project leader and Fernbank archaeology curator Dennis Blanton for an enlightening presentation as he shares details of the discoveries and explains their impact.

This program is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For visitor information and tickets, visit or call 404.929.6300 (automated information) or 404.929.6400 (ticketing office).

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