Saturday, October 6, 2018

"The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley"

Examples of arrowheads commonly found in Darke County
The Garst Museum Speakers Series returns on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 P.M. Kathy Creighton, Executive Director of the Butler County Historical Society, will be giving a program "The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley." Kathy will be discussing the area's Native Americans and the tools they made from stone. In addition, the members of the Stillwater Chapter of the Archeology Society of Ohio will be exhibiting their collections.

Native American stone tools are durable artifacts surviving from the end of the last glacial period about 12,500 years ago. Stone Age technology and tools saw everyday use until the arrival of the European colonists in the 1500s. Flint-knapping techniques of chipping and flaking the brittle stone evolved from the earliest crude tools into sophisticated and finely manufactured artifacts. Pecking and grinding of hard granite provided long-lasting tools and stone implements. Each culture living in a particular time period had constraints on the shape of its tools, as if they were copied from a template. Other significant features of stone tools will be discussed to help identify what time period and culture may have used them.

All Garst lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas exhibit, and Longtown display. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Foundation.

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