Ashfall's fossil and artifact identification day is Aug. 9

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Ashfall’s fossil and artifact identification day is Aug. 9

Visitors to Ashfall's Hubbard Rhino Barn view a palentologist at work.

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park will host its 2014 “Fossil and Artifact Identification Day” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at the park near Royal.

UNL paleontologist Mike Voorhies and Rob Bozell, highway archeology program manager at the State Historical Society, will help identify items during the event. Visitors may bring a single item or a whole collection to be identified. Past discoveries include leg and teeth bones from camels, mastodons and mammoths, stone points, pottery and a petrified tree trunk weighing in at 500 pounds.

Ashfall Fossil Beds 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 supervolcano eruption 12 million years ago. For park times and location information visit or call 402-893-2000.

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