Adult Archaeology Experience offered at “The Works” in Newark

Adult Archaeology Experience offered at “The Works” in Newark

The Works museum is offering an opportunity for adults (age 16 and older) to participate in an actual archaeological dig at the historic site of The Ohio & Erie Canal Lock #9 in downtown Newark. The dig will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, July 18, 25 and August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Attendees can sign up for one, two or all three Saturdays. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

The fee to participate on one Saturday is $10 for members of The Works and $15 for non-members. The fee to attend all three Saturdays is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.

Participants will employ standard archaeological techniques to explore the remains of a 19th century canal lock under the direction of trained archaeologist, Allison Galbari.

This will be a great learning experience for anyone who has ever wondered about archaeology or those that have experience to share, Galbari said.

Galbari is a graduate of Heidelberg College and has extensive archaeological field experience. Attendees are required to wear a hat, clothes that can get dirty, gloves, shoes with closed heels & toes (tennis shoes would be fine) and a water bottle. Participants must be physically able to bend, kneel and walk around on uneven ground. There will be a break for lunch. Each attendee is responsible for providing his or her own lunch and drinks.

The dig will explore the fill dirt between the walls of the canal lock. Likely finds will be small pieces of ceramic plates, broken glass, bits of wood, brick, metal and other items that may have found their way into the canal over the last 175 years.

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a family fun and learning destination located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark, Ohio. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit the web site at

Posted July 14, 2009
Topics: Archaeology

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