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Hampton History Museum to host free paleontology event Saturday

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 10:30:37-04

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton History Museum will hold a day of hands-on activities and creative learning at the second annual Digging Up Hampton: Paleontology and Archaeology event on Saturday, August 13.

Participants will be able to dig in and explore the work of archaeologists and paleontologists and their study of dinosaurs, animals and humans.

Children can make their own Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton with cotton swabs and construction paper and families will be able to look at real fossils, mastodon teeth, worm rock and other prehistoric finds from the Virginia Living Museum.

Kids will also be able to learn field skills of an archaeologist in a sand-filled mock dig, where they will use a screen and other tools to find small artifacts and natural objects.

Hampton History Museum collections assistant and Historical Jamestown education assistant Andrea Ekholm will bring 3D printed replicas of items found at recent digs in Jamestown, along with real musket balls, arrow heads and ceramics.

Family activities are free of charge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall. Admission to the museum galleries will be $3.

For more information, dial 757-727-1610, visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.