You don't have to be a scientist to find fossils or other artifacts, but identifying them is a different story. The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site is assisting the public in identifying your cherished specimens as a part of “Fossil and Artifact ID Night.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the community is invited to bring their fossils, rocks, minerals, and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the Museum’s team of experts. Light refreshments will be served.
“Fossil and Artifact ID Night is a great way for the public to find out what their collection consists of and for our scientists to learn more about our region’s past,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, Director of the ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum.
“This is the first time that the Museum has formally included artifacts as a part of the regularly scheduled Fossil ID Nights. We will have scientists available who specialize in artifact identification. Fossil and Artifact ID Night is also a great way for amateur fossil collectors to meet and interact with Museum personnel who aren’t always available when people visit,” said Brett Woodward, Museum Collections Manager.
The museum cannot appraise fossils or artifacts.
The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.