WHAT: Discover how people in the past lived in what is now Washington, what tools they made and how they made them. Look at artifacts during this annual all-ages event.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20.
WHERE: Burke Museum, University of Washington campus, corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.
WHAT TO DO: Look at artifacts recovered from Finntown, a historic Seattle site that was once home to a glass foundry. An X-ray fluorescence ray gun will analyze artifacts, telling you if your ring is really made of gold. Learn about underwater archaeology by trying on diving gear and writing underwater. Try throwing an atlatl, an ancient hunting weapon. You also can watch flintknapping demonstrations.
SPECIAL ARTIFACTS: Among the hundreds of artifacts on display will be items from the Old Man House, the longhouse where Chief Seattle and Chief Kitsap once lived. Suquamish Tribe archaeologists will be on hand to talk about the items. There also will be artifacts from the Bush Homestead, the first European homestead in Washington state, with archaeologists from The Evergreen State College to talk about them. Also, artifacts from Marymoor Park, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Western Washington at more than 5,000 years old, will be on display.
ADMISSION: $10 general; $8 for 65 and older; $7.50 for students with ID and youths ages 5-18; free for Burke members, UW students, faculty and staff with school ID, and ages 4 and younger.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com