Marie McAden



Dig archeology? Check out Fort Jackson Family Field Day

Posted 10/15/2013 11:07:00 AM

Make like Indiana Jones — without the snakes — at the Fort Jackson Family Archeology Field Day taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the U.S. Army base in Columbia

You’ll have the chance to observe the excavation of an archaeological site in progress and watch how artifacts are cleaned, sorted and catalogued. You can even bring your own found treasures to be identified by experts from the South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology.

The excavation site is just a short hike from the Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Along with the dig, there will be flint knapping demonstrations, period exhibitors, book vendors, kids’ activities and lunch for sale.

But wait, there’s more! Bring your mountain bike for an eight-mile loop ride on a section of the Palmetto Trail. Cyclists will take off at 2:30 p.m. from the Twin Lakes Recreation Area to Wildcat Road. Light refreshments will be provided at the turnaround location.

The free event is open to the public. Come into Fort Jackson from Gate 2 at Exit 12 of Interstate 77. Make a right at the third light onto Strom Thurman Boulevard, then a left at the second light onto Semmes Road. The Twin Lakes Recreation Area is two miles on the right. The main staging area for field day activities is at Picnic Shelter 4.

Be sure to bring an ID for all participants ages 18 and older. For more information, call (803) 751-7153.