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Two-Day Event Will Showcase New Exhibits and Features at Chucalissa University News
For release: April 9, 2008

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will host a two-day event to introduce new exhibits and features Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. “Chucalissa Spring ... A New Season Begins” will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

On both days, Chucalissa will feature the following:

Hands-On Archaeology Laboratory Exhibit
• A new eight-minute video that introduces Chucalissa to visitors. The video highlights the history of discovery at Chucalissa and places the site within the context of prehistoric American Indians throughout the Southeast.

• Opening of the Hands-on Archaeology Laboratory exhibit. Visitors will experience the stages that artifacts pass through from the time of  excavation to when they are placed in a museum display. Individual stations will display information about American Indians that has been learned by analyzing the wide variety of artifacts recovered.

Choctaw Heritage Exhibit
• A new Choctaw Heritage Exhibit will highlight the 50th anniversary of members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians at Chucalissa and their role as site interpreters and demonstrators.


• A temporary exhibit of artifacts from Poverty Point, a World Heritage prehistoric site in northeast Louisiana, will continue through May 28.

•  Guided tours of the Chucalissa mounds, plaza, and nature trail

Artifacts from Poverty Point
Also, a teacher’s workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon will introduce a “traveling archaeology trunk” as well as other educational resources for the classroom. (Reservations are not required for the workshop.)

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Catherine Hammons, a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis, will present her research on Mississippian Culture Figurines.

Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa serves as a gateway to understanding the science of archaeology and the interpretation of Native American history. The museum exhibits interpret the prehistory of the Mid-South and contemporary Southeastern Indian cultures.

Chucalissa is located at 1785 Indian Village Drive in southwest Memphis. For a map and directions, go online to http://cas.memphis.edu/chucalissa/contact.htm

For more information, call Museum Director Robert Connolly at 901-785-3160.

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