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Natural History Museum to host ‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night’ Tuesday

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JOHNSON CITY (Aug. 22, 2013) – 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 as a part of “Fossil and Artifact ID Night.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 4-6 p.m., the community is 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, including a paleontologist, two archaeologists and a geologist, will be on hand to identify finds,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum. “Because we have scientists with different interests and areas of expertise, we are able to better identify more types of specimens.  Our entire team loves to see what finds the public brings to ‘Fossil & Artifact ID Night.’ It really helps us to better understand our region’s past.”

The museum cannot appraise fossils or artifacts.

The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.