students using sand tray
Aspiring archaeologists use a sand tray in search of artifacts.

UTSA's Legacy program hosts 'Archaeology Day at Mission San Jose,' Oct. 1

(Sept. 30, 2005)--In observance of Texas Archaeology Month, the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), the National Park Service and the Southern Texas Archaeological Association will host "Archaeology Day at Mission San Jose" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1.

The mission is near Roosevelt Ave. and S.W. Military Drive on San Antonio's South Side.

The family-friendly event features mock digs for children and demonstrations and lectures for adults.

Scheduled activities include demonstrations of flintknapping and surveying, spear tossing and exhibits of artifacts on display.

Flintknapping is the process of grinding a slab of flint stone into an approximate shape and then using various tools to flake away layers and crush the edge into shape to achieve a finished point. The finished product hisotrically was used as a tool or weapon. The weapons were used in battle or food hunting.

Visitors to "Archaeology Day" also will learn techniques to excavate and catalog discovered artifacts.

The event is part of CAR's Legacy: Hands on the Past program, now in it's 10th year of serving the community in educational support. The outreach program offers school presentations, laboratory tours, career day speakers and other services that highlight CAR's commitment to archaeological preservation and research.

For more information, call Lynn Yakubik at (210) 458-4462.

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