Lufkin museum to host Artifact Identification Weekend

Artifact specialist will be examining artifacts brought in by visitors

Lufkin Museum hosting a free 'Artifact Identification weekend'.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An upcoming event in Lufkin aims to help you learn more about those arrowheads your grandfather gave you. The Naranjo Museum of Natural History will be hosting an Artifact Identification Weekend. Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m Coordinators say this event is organized as a way to help visitors access more information about items they have found or collected around East Texas.

Here in East Texas, it’s not uncommon to find old arrowheads lying out in your back yard. At the Naranjo Museum’s Artifact Identification Weekend, you can find out where artifacts like fossils and arrowheads came from and how old they are.

“They’ll be able to bring in fossils, arrowheads, artifacts, just any historical items that they want more information about, they’ll be able to bring in and we’ll help them get more information about it,” museum manager Veronica Amoe said.

Amoe says the weekend is dedicated to visitors that have found historical items that they want to learn about. She says that many here behind the pines have brought in artifacts to be identified in the past.

“We’ve had a lot of people bring in arrowheads or some fossils that they found in the local area,” Amoe said. “We’ve had people bring in pieces of mammoth, we’ve had people bring in pottery.”

Whether these items are from the piney woods or somewhere else, Amoe says all are welcomed to bring their items to be examined.

“It could be local or it could be things they’ve just had passed down in their families,” Amoe said. “And if we’re able to help give them more information about it we’d be happy to do it.”

Dr. Neal Naranjo’s museum houses several artifacts like those that will be brought in by visitors. He says the childlike curiosity involved with finding items like these is a rite of passage here in East Texas.

“You wonder who had that arrowhead, and how old is that arrowhead, and what type of Indians had that arrowhead, and what did they look like, and what did they live like,” Naranjo said.

Naranjo’s collection and interest in ancient artifacts began when he stepped on an arrowhead as a child, cutting his foot. He says that if people want to learn more about these items and the rich history connected to them, all they have to do is ask.

“Just look at stuff and pick it up and then ask older people what it is and most of us can tell you,” Naranjo said.

Artifact identifications are free with standard museum admission. To learn more about how you can reserve your spot, visit the Naranjo Museum of Natural History Website by clicking here.

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