Ashfall to host Fossil and Artifact Identification Day

Ashfall to host Fossil and Artifact Identification Day

Visitors to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park can watch as paleontologists uncover new fossils in the 17,500-square-foot Hubbard Rhino Barn.
Courtesy photo | Mark Harris
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park will host its 2017 Fossil and Artifact Identification Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the park near Royal.

Mike Voorhies, professor emeritus in earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Rob Bozell, highway archeology program manager at the Nebraska State Historical Society, will help identify items. Visitors can bring a single item or a whole collection to be identified. Past discoveries include leg bones and teeth from camels, mastodons and mammoths, stone points, pottery and a petrified tree trunk weighing 500 pounds.

Ashfall Fossil Beds, a cooperative project of the university and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is a national natural landmark with complete skeletons left in place for viewing. The research center and active dig site allows visitors to watch as paleontologists unearth barrel-bodied rhinos and other animals entombed by ash from a supervolcanic eruption 12 million years ago.

For hours and location information, click here or call 402-893-2000.

A museum visitor holds a fossilized horse tooth.