Celebrate National Fossil Day & International Archaeology Day
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Celebrate National Fossil Day at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Culture NHP is proud to be a part of the 5th annual National Fossil Day on October 15, 2014. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
Join park staff and volunteers to learn more about the diverse fossils preserved at Chaco Culture NHP. Children ages 5-12 are invited to become a National Park Service Junior Paleontologist! A limited number of Junior Paleontologist badges will be available to earn as part of the Junior Ranger Program. Other special programs will be offered including a guided fossil walk with a paleontologist, fossil displays and specimen handling. This event is a great way for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the fascinating and often surprising geologic and paleontological history of Chaco Canyon.
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Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Culture NHP is also proud to be part of the 4th annual International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 18, 2014. International Archaeology Day, previously known as National Archaeology Day, is a celebration of archaeology and the excitement of discovering past cultures and events. Chaco Culture NHP celebrates International Archaeology Day to protect and preserve all cultural resources, but most importantly to promote public stewardship.
Join park staff and volunteers to learn about the history, people, and culture that molds Chaco Canyon's 1,500 year old journey. Programs include a simulated archaeological field survey, The 15-meter Transect: Surveying on the Ground and Mapping, where a park archaeologist will cover survey methods to identify cultural sites and materials in the field. Come and learn how to identify cultural materials, map archaeological sites, document and interpret cultural materials, and most importantly learn about preservation and stewardship. This event is a great way for visitors of all ages and background to learn about the history and culture of people in Chaco Canyon's complex and colorful history.
Schedule of Programs
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (National Fossil Day)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m: Chaco's Deep Time History: learn about the geologic and paleontological history of Chaco before it was a canyon. Earn a Junior Paleontologist badge through activities, fossil displays, specimen handling, casting and molding demonstrations, and a simulated paleontological excavation. Archaeological displays will also be available. Location: Visitor Center courtyard.
4 p.m.: Ranger guided fossil walk through Pueblo Bonito. Meet at Pueblo Bonito trail head (1 hour).
Saturday, October 18, 2014 (International Archaeology Day)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Digging into Archaeology: a simulated excavation of an archaeological dig. Preserving Chaco: learn about preservation techniques and methods used for preserving prehistoric architecture. Paleontological specimen displays will also be available. Location: Visitor Center courtyard.
1 p.m.: The 15-meter Transect: Surveying on the Ground: learn about archaeological survey methods, mapping, recording, and interpreting archaeological sites. This program is a simulated survey that will take place in the Visitor Center amphitheatre (1 hour).
4 p.m.: Guided walk with Paleontologist and Archaeologist through Pueblo Bonito. Meet at Pueblo Bonito trail head (1 hour).