Lycoming College, Muncy Historical Society, Northcentral Chapter 8 unite to offer one-of-a-kind archaeology experience to area youth

Lycoming College, Muncy Historical Society, Northcentral Chapter 8 unite to offer one-of-a-kind archaeology experience to area youth

LycoArch_1: While in Florida at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program during Spring Break, Lycoming College underwater archaeology students, from left, Ben Conrad, Darrin Coleman and Richard Matel-Galatis record artifacts in situ.

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Children of all ages will enjoy learning about archaeology from Lycoming College students who are offering a hands-on program on April 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, 601 Pepper St.

Hands-on activities for Arch in the Park will be taught by Lycoming College underwater archaeology students, who will show attendees how to record artifacts with a grid, handle lines and tie knots, and demonstrate scuba gear and tools they use when researching nautical sites.

The event is sponsored by Lycoming College’s archaeology department, the Muncy Historical Society, and Northcentral Chapter 8.

According to Jenny Reilly, a senior archaeology major who helped organize the event, “This is a fun and educational opportunity for people of all ages to learn about archaeology. No registration is needed, just show up with a desire to learn and a willingness to dig in the dirt.” Reilly will be attending graduate school for museum studies after her May graduation.

Assisting Lycoming College with the hands-on excavation are the members of the local archaeology chapter, Northcentral Chapter 8 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. The group is active locally and excavate during the spring and summer at the Glunk Site in Montoursville. The group will display prehistoric Indian artifacts at the event.

Arch in the Park is the kick-off event of a series of unique, educational activities planned by Lycoming College students at the Muncy Heritage Park. These events include a Birds and Bugs Hike, a Fishing Derby and the popular star-gazing event, Under the Night Sky.

More information about the Muncy Historical Society is available at: http://www.muncyhistoricalsociety.org/.

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