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

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JOHNSON CITY – 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, April 29, from 4-6 p.m., the community is invited bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the museum’s team of experts.  Light refreshments will be served.

 “Scientists with backgrounds in paleontology, archaeology and geology will be on hand, so we can identify specimens from all types of collections,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum. “We all enjoy seeing what visitors bring to ‘Fossil & Artifact ID Night.’ We see different kinds of finds every time, some from right here in the Tri-Cities and some that visitors find from outside the area.”

The museum will not 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, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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