For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
ARTIFACT DAY & BYO (BRING YOUR OWN) BIKE TOUR
Saturday, October 1
10:00am - 4:00pm
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville (near Selma)
The Alabama Historical Commission and The University of Alabama's Office of Archaeological Research have partnered to host Artifact Day at Old Cahawba on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Excavations of Alabama's first State House were conducted after ground penetrating-radar (GPR) was used to explore the park. In July, with assistance from the public, these agencies were able to expose the north wall of Alabama's first State House.
During Artifact Day volunteers will have the opportunity to work side by side with archaeologists in the processing and analysis of the State House period artifacts discovered during the July excavations. These artifacts include ceramics, pipes, buttons, handmade bottles, and architectural pieces. Participants will learn how these artifacts help archaeologists and historians to interpret a portion of Alabama's early history.
Working with a professional archaeologist, participants will be given instructions on how to properly care for artifacts and the importance of proper identification and curation of these non-renewable resources. There will also be a brief presentation on the progress of the investigations being conducted at Old Cahawba.
Lunch will be provided for all pre-registered participants, but you are encouraged to bring snacks. Water will be available, but you are advised to also bring your own.
Admission: Artifact Day is FREE for pre-registrants; General admission is $2 for Adults and $1 for Children 6-18 years (with parent); BYO Bike Tour is $10.00 per person
From 10:00am - 12:00pm visitors can also participate in Old Cahawba's BYO (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour.
Directions: From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Welcome Center on the right. Welcome Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.