ISAS staff Patrick Green, Christian Hasler, and Mike Smith and UIUC archaeology graduate student, Em Shirilla volunteered to host an archaeology tent and atlatl-powered spear throwing demonstration during the Family Campout event at Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois.
Hands-on artifact display. Photo credit: Mike Smith
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Attendees enjoyed the outdoors and learned about nature from professionals over this two-day-long event. At the archaeology tent families handled raw materials used in pre-contact tool making, examined, and compared replica projectile points with a chart of common point types found in Illinois, and learned about the stone tool manufacturing process. It was a great opportunity for the public to ask questions about archaeology, learn about upcoming archaeological events and online resources, and test their spear-throwing skills!