Ross County Historical Society to host Archaeology Event Saturday, April 13

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The Ross County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Mound City Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio and Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, will host its fourth annual Archaeology Day event on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Over twenty exhibits by area collectors will feature a wide variety of locally-found historic and prehistoric artifacts, geo-facts, fossils, minerals, and geodes.Amateur and professional archaeologists will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors identify items from their own collections.

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New this year will be an exhibit of artifacts found during JEB Bowen’s 1989 excavations of the old Phoenix fire house and Ross County jail sites in downtown Chillicothe; a display of artifacts from the Pickaway County Historical Society’s collections; exhibits from the anthropology department at Ohio University Athens and Wayne National Forest by forest service archaeologist Andy Tremayne; and a special exhibit by Al Tonetti of the Heartland Earthwork Conservancy.

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Also new will be a power point presentation by local antiquarian Gary Argabright titled “The Excavations to Find Soldier’s Retreat” -- the story of the military exploits of Richard Clough Anderson, his social connections and role as Surveyor General of the Virginia Military District.

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The event will take place at the Ross County Heritage Center located at 45 West 5th Street, Chillicothe.Admission is free and open to the public and includes tours of the Ross County Historical Society’s permanent prehistoric cultures exhibit.For additional

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