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Natural History Museum to host ‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night’ on June 28

From Staff Reports

One doesn’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 Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site will assist the public in identifying such specimens during a “Fossil and Artifact ID Night” on Tuesday, June 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Community members are invited to 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 at the museum to help identify finds,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum.  “Our scientists have backgrounds ranging from paleontology, archaeology and geology.  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 and Artifact ID Night.’ It really helps us to better understand our region’s past.”

The museum will not appraise fossils or artifacts.

The Natural History Museum is regularly open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26.

For more information, call the museum at 866-202-6223 or visit   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.