We “Dig” History–You Can Too!

Date(s) – May 14 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home and the Rome Area History Museum will host a free event for families and children of all ages to discover the world of archaeology on Saturday, May 14th .

The “We ‘Dig’ History – You Can Too!” event celebrates Georgia Archaeology Month in Rome at both the Rome Area History Museum located at 305 Broad Street and Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home at 501 Riverside Drive in Rome.

The day begins with an opportunity to “Meet the Archaeologist” at the Rome Area History Museum from 10:00am-2:00pm with free admission to the museum. Archaeologist Dave Davis will be on-hand to teach visitors about his adventures in archaeology as well as the methods behind an archaeological dig.  Visitors can learn to analyze the treasures inside the museum as they discover the history of our community beginning with the early Native Americans in northwest Georgia. In addition, visitors are welcome to bring their own artifacts and arrowheads for Mr. Davis to identify.

The free event continues at Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home from 1:00-4:00pm that afternoon. Join the museum for “Hands-On History” as you take a trip back in time to see the original home of 19th century Cherokee leader Major Ridge. Tour the grounds of the former plantation and explore the house that hides an original log cabin inside its walls. Visitors can also see artifacts recovered from the property during archaeological digs, touch and analyze artifacts in the museum’s “What Is It?” activity and participate in several hands-on activities supplied by the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeology Lab at the University of West Georgia.

The “We ‘Dig’ History – You Can Too!” event to celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month is free and open to the public at both locations. For more information about the event, contact the Rome Area History Museum at (706) 292-9977 or Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home at (706) 291-9494.