Did you find a rock or fossil while they were digging your neighbor’s cellar? Maybe you picked up something odd on a river bank or by the ocean? Were you given a gift of a collection of fossils? We can help you find out what you have!
The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site will assist the public in identifying such specimens as a part of “Fossil and Artifact ID Night.”
On Tuesday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m., the community is invited bring fossils, rocks, minerals, and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the museum’s team of experts. Light refreshments will be served.
“Several scientists will be on hand to identify finds with backgrounds ranging from paleontology, archaeology and geology,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum. “Because we have scientists with different interests and areas of expertise, we are able to better identify more types of specimens. We enjoy seeing what visitors bring to ‘Fossil & Artifact ID Night.’ It really helps us to better understand our region’s past.”
The museum cannot appraise fossils or artifacts.
The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.