October 9, 2015
Contact: Kristin Gibbs, Supervisory Park Ranger
, (570) 426-2430
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announces that the park will host two events on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in celebration of International Archeology Day. Both programs are free and open to the public.
During the day, a hands-on family event will take place at Smithfield Beach from 10 am to 3 pm. A variety of engaging activity stations will introduce participants of all ages to the importance of archeology and how archeologists do their work. Park archeologists will be on hand to answer questions and lead simulated dig activities.
In the evening, join us at Bushkill Meeting Center for a lecture by the park’s Cultural Resources Program Manager, Mike Owens, at 7 pm. Owens will discuss the variety of cultural history and resources that are preserved in the park and how the NPS manages for their protection.
“The park is rich in archeological history,” said Superintendent Donahue. “With these events, we welcome the public to learn more about how the park cares for these special resources.” Documenting approximately 13,000 years of human use and adaptation, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area contains the most well-preserved concentration and intact diversity of know archaeological sites and artifacts in the northeastern United States.