UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park Set to Host Annual Knap-In

  • February 22nd, 2018
Attendees of all ages will be able to learn the skill of flintknapping.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park welcomes the West Alabama community to learn the Native American skill of flintknapping at the 18th annual Moundville Knap-In, March 9-10.

The event will feature some of the best flintknappers from around the country demonstrating the ancient art of making tools out of stone, bone or antler using only rocks.

“Flintknapping is a delicate skill, and we have some very talented people coming this year,” said Kayla Scott, education outreach coordinator at UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park. “Not only will they demonstrate how tools are made, attendees will see how they were used and be able to purchase tools that were made on-site.”

Retired U.S. Marine and weapons expert Bill Skinner will discuss how tools were used and demonstrate how to use an atlatl, a device used to propel a spear so it travels farther with more force, and shoot a bow and arrow. Patrons will have the opportunity to use an atlatl at a target range.

The Knap-In will also showcase Native American culture in a variety of ways. Fry bread, Indian tacos and other traditional fare will be available throughout the weekend. On March 10, Tammy Beane will be on-site to provide pottery firing demonstrations.

The annual Knap-In attracts some of the best knappers in the nation.

Children will be able to have symbols of local Native American tribes painted on their face, enjoy arts and crafts activities, and play Indian football.

Scott hopes attendees will leave with a better understanding of Native American culture and how survival tools were made. She also encourages patrons to explore the park, which features the ancient settlement, museum and café.

The Knap-In is free with regular admission to the park. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children, and free to those under the age of 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park is 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa off Alabama Highway 69.


Kayla Scott, 205-371-8732


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,, 205-348-8325

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