Two children watching a flint knapper making stone tools

UA Moundville Archaeological Park Set for Annual Knap-In

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park will host its annual Knap-In March 1-2.

Flint knapping is one of man’s oldest crafts. The Knap-in will host flint knappers from all over the country to demonstrate the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian, or other conchoidal fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture stone tools. People have chipped rocks into tools and weapons for thousands of years, including Native Americans who knapped stone arrow and spear points, knife blades, scrapers, drills, and many other tools and weapons.

“Today, the art of flint knapping is at risk of being forgotten and it is important to keep this tradition alive,” said Marsha Holley, education outreach coordinator at Moundville Archaeological Park.

Guests will be able to observe and learn the skill of flint knapping from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Knap-In admission is $10 for the general public and free for children under the age of five, Native American visitors with tribal membership cards and UA Museums members. To schedule group tours, please call 205-371-8732 for group rates.

Visit the Moundville Archaeological Park website for more information about the event and the park.

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Marsha Holley, UA Moundville Archaeological Park, 205-371-8732