A hands-on look into the lives of northeast California’s early inhabitants will highlight Archaeology Day, a free, family-friendly event, Saturday, October 13th, at the Hobo Camp Area along the Susan River just west of Susanville.
Events run from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Participants can try their hand at using an atlatl to throw a spear, learn about using a compass, and try out excavation methods used by archaeologists. Gold Rush-era games and tule mat weaving round out the glimpse into the history and pre-history of the northeast California region.
“This is a great event to connect children to their public lands and our natural and cultural heritage,” said BLM Eagle Lake Field Office Manager Brian Novosak.
“Participants will learn about the ties that Native American people have to the lands we all share.”
The BLM and the Susanville Indian Rancheria cooperate to offer the annual event, said Marilla Martin, an archaeologist with the BLM in Susanville.
It is part of California Archaeology Month, an annual observance of the California Society for Archaeology. The observance calls attention to the study of ancient societies through examination evidence left behind by early people.