TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park will host stone tool makers and flint knappers from around the nation during its annual Knap-In March 4-5.
Knapping is the process of shaping stone to make tools, such as — but not limited to — arrowheads. People have chipped rocks into tools and weapons for thousands of years. Native Americans knapped stone arrow and spear points, knife blades, scrapers, drills and many other tools and weapons.
Bill Skinner will return to demonstrate how to use ancient tools and weapons, including a demonstration of the use of an atlatl, a device used to propel a spear.
This year’s Knap-In will feature some of the park’s favorites, including a pottery demonstration by Tammy Beane on March 5, all while showcasing Native American culture in a variety of ways.
Also on March 5, the UA Office of Archaeological Research will be in front of the Jones Archaeological Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help the public identify any personal artifacts.
The Knap-In is free with regular admission to the park. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 years and older, $6 for children and free to those under the age of five.
The UA Moundville Archaeological Park is located 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa off Alabama Highway 69.
For more information, contact Lindsey Gordon at 205-371-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, email@example.com, 205-348-8325
Lindsey Gordon, fgordon@.ua.edu