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Natural History Museum to host ‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night’

JOHNSON CITY – Did you find an unusual rock or fossil while workers were digging a cellar for your neighbor?  Maybe you picked up something odd on a riverbank or beside the ocean.  Or perhaps you were even given a gift of a collection of fossils.

The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site can help you find out what you have during “Fossil and Artifact ID Night.”

On Tuesday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m., members of the community may bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the museum’s team of experts.  Light refreshments will be served.

“Because we have had such a great response to ‘Fossil and Artifact ID Night,’ we keep inviting more scientists to help identify finds,” said Brett Woodward, collections manager for the museum.  “This time, we will have a paleontologist, an archaeologist and a geologist, so we will be able to better identify more types of specimens.  Our team of scientists loves to see the public’s collections of fossils, artifacts and rocks, because it helps us to learn about the region’s past.”

The museum will not appraise fossils or artifacts.

The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, call 866-202-6223 or visit the museum at  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.