A petroglyph workshop will be offered at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, West Virginia, on Saturday, July 26, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Students in grades 4 - 6 are invited to participate; each student is to be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is part of a series of programs celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Delf Norona Museum.
The students will enjoy an afternoon of designing their own petroglyph using plaques made of dried pottery clay, and discussing the meaning of some of West Virginia’s petroglyphs. Pre-registration is required, and there will be a $2 material fee to ensure there are enough supplies for each participant.
Petroglyphs are drawings and symbols carved into boulders and rock faces by prehistoric people. In West Virginia, these drawings often depict human figures, birds, and other animals. At the workshop students will learn about the carvings and get the opportunity to study pictures of petroglyphs which are displayed at the Complex.
For more information about the petroglyph workshop or to register for the program, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator for the Grave Creek Mound, at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or e-mail her at [email protected].
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeological Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Contact the museum for information regarding group registration and detailed driving directions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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