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December 02, 2003

Artifact Identification Day

Saturday, Jan. 17, 1 pm - 4 pm

Seattle ?Sat., Jan. 17, 2004 from 1 to 4pm is Artifact ID Day at the Burke! Once a year, the Burke invites you to bring in treasures from your attics and basements. A dozen experts will be on hand to help you discover the unique stories in your personal collection.

Anthropology, Geology, and Zoology curators and other specialists will be available from 1 to 4 pm to make identifications of your cultural artifacts (from the Northwest, Pacific Islands , and Asia ) and objects from the natural world (like bones, fossils, rocks, minerals, and animal teeth). So whether it's the basket handed down from your grandmother, the fossil you found at the beach, or the beaded object you bought at a yard sale, you'll want to pack it up, bring it down to the Burke, and find out the story behind it!

Curators will also be available to answer questions and discuss their current research. A limit of three items per visitor is requested because of the event's popularity. No appraisals will be given. Artifact ID Day is included with museum admission.

While you are at the Burke, take time to view the Burke's new exhibit Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead . Highlighting five different cultural traditions, this exhibit examines a wide variety of community celebrations that honor the deceased. The exhibit runs though Feb. 22.

Permanent exhibits at the Burke include: Life and Times of Washington State , an interactive romp through the geologic formation of our region; Pacific Voices , a cultural exhibit featuring artifacts and stories of 19 different cultural groups from the Pacific Rim living in the Northwest today, and Treasures of the Burke , a fascinating display of some of the favorite items from the museum's collections.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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