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Artifact ID Day

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Sat., Jan. 7, 2012 | 1 – 3:30 pm

As well as being the repository of many natural and cultural treasures, the Burke Museum is home to expertise about objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Asia and the natural world. Artifact ID Day is your opportunity to access this knowledge and find out more about that intriguing object that’s been sitting on your bookshelf ever since Aunt Jane brought it back from her trip to the Far East. Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. What do you have?

The Burke is prepared to provide information about Native American, Pacific Island, Asian and Southeast Asian, baskets, blankets, and cultural artifacts as well as archaeological materials, fossils, rocks, minerals and bones. No appraisals will be given.

Artifact ID Day is included in museum admission and is free for Burke members. Please bring in a limit of three items per visitor due to the event's popularity.

Photo courtesy of Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.