Museum plans Saturday archaeology dig

Published 2:52 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014

The folks at Pioneer Museum of Alabama will have children digging up some history this weekend.

“Dig it!” is an archaeology program for children 6 years and up.

The museum holds one event per year that is especially for children, said Kari Barley, executive director of the museum. Previous summer programs have included trains and the Civil War.

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“We have a children’s program every summer. There’s a different focus every year,” she said. “This year, they’re going to participate in an archaelogical dig and will be able to take home whatever they find.”

The dig starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until noon Saturday. Those who are interested must contact the museum today and register.

“I’m ready to dig,” said Isaiah Scott of the City of Troy’s Public Relations, wishing he were a child again for what he described as an “eventful and educational romp in the dirt.”

“What child doesn’t enjoy a random dive in a pile of sandy soil – often to the parents’ despise, of course,” said Scott, laughing.

Participants will have the opportunity to discover Native American artifacts like flint arrowheads and pottery. Parents are welcome to stay and watch. “I plan to roll up my sleeves, spray on the sunscreen and enjoy Saturday’s dig. I hope others plan to do so as well. Archaeology has opened many windows to the past and helped to solve many of today’s mysteries. I applaud the Pike Pioneer Museum for hosting such cultural enriching programs and activities,” said Scott.

Barley said she and her staff try to plan programs that encourage participation and brings history to life.

“It’s always fun to see the kids light up when they learn that history can be fun,” she said.

The program costs $12 per child. To register, contact the museum at 566-3597.