Event: Burke Museum hosts 27th annual Artifact ID Day

Need help identifying your treasured objects?
Burke Museum hosts 27th annual Artifact ID Day
Saturday, January 7, 2012, 1 – 3:30 pm
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Want to know more about a family heirloom? Need help identifying a fossil, rock, or bone you stumbled upon while hiking?  Bring your object or specimen to Artifact ID Day at the Burke Museum to learn more about it.  And don’t forget to bring a friend!

Seattle – The Burke Museum is the repository of many natural and cultural treasures, and is home to expertise about objects and artifacts from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and the natural world. Artifact ID Day is your opportunity to access this knowledge and find out more about that intriguing object that’s been sitting on your bookshelf ever since Aunt Jane brought it back from her trip to the Far East. Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. What do you have?

The Burke is prepared to provide information about Native American, Pacific Island, Asian and Southeast Asian baskets, blankets, and cultural artifacts as well as archaeological materials, fossils, rocks, minerals, and bones. No appraisals will be given. There is a limit of three items per visitor due to the event’s popularity.

Artifact ID Day is included in museum admission and is free for Burke members.

Photo: Visitors learn from Burke experts about a contemporary hide painting with Plains-style quillwork designs at a past Artifact ID Day. Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic, 2010.

Link to this release:  http://www.burkemuseum.org/info/press_browse/artifact_id_day12_press_release

High-resolution images are available, contact burkepr@u.washington.edu

The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu, preferably at least ten days in advance of the event.

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