Those heading to the solar eclipse in Nebraska on August 21st should plan on arriving a few days early and attend the 13th annual Nebraska Archaeological Society’s annual Nebraska Artifact Show on Saturday, August 19th in Seward. Spokesperson Dick Eckles says there will be 100 tables of prehistoric artifacts on display from seven great Plains states. A number of the artifact collections are recognized as being world class in quality and are rarely available for public viewing. This includes artifacts from the Shifting Sands Folsom site in Texas.
Eckles says, “There will be arrowheads actually shot from a bow and arrow. Dart points. The knives they used for butchering and skinning. They were made of either flint or chert. Depending on what state its from it makes a lot of difference on what the materials look like. The materials alone are very beautiful. The styles of the artifacts, many of them are pure artwork.”
There are guest speakers and even a flintknapper who will demonstrate how to form a piece of flint into a stone tool. Professional archaeologists from the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Nebraska Association of Professional Archaeologists and the Midwest Archaeological Center of the National Park Service will be available. It runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Harvest Hall on the Seward County Fairgrounds.