Celebrate Texas Archeology Month with the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. The museum is hosting an Archeology Day family program from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, October 5. Visitors can test their skills at creating pottery with ancient pottery techniques, see how arrowheads and spear points are made, piece together an archeology puzzle, and learn about the field of archeology.
Kids will get the opportunity to make a small pot much like the ones found in archeological sites around the world. Marilyn Ritchie from the Cultural Activities Center will be teaching how to make pinch pots, a type of pottery that has been made for centuries.
Kent Hibbitts, a member of the Texas Archeological Society, will also be demonstrating flint knapping techniques. Flint knappers create stone tools by chipping away flakes of rock to create sharp edges and shapes. Flints for historic firearms were made this way, along with many different types of arrow heads, spear points, knives, scrapers, and other stone tools.
Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The Family Day program is offered at the Railroad and Heritage Museum on the first Saturday of each month. Entrance to the program is free and open to the public. Visits to the museum are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5. The museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple.