|Youth search for artifacts at an archaeological site|
near Brushy Lake.
The USDA Forest Service, along with several national, state and local partners, is hosting an archaeology festival called “Archaeofest” in the Bankhead National Forest. The theme for Archaeofest 2010 is “Celebrating Our Heritage.” The free, public event is focused on people of the past and the things they left behind. “Living history” demonstrations will include civil war soldiers and civilians, Southeastern Indians, pioneer skills and even a bagpiper musician. Activities and exhibits are family oriented and will include a small working archaeological excavation, pottery and arrowhead making. Their will be learning stations on “What Can We Learn From Bones,” rock art and cave archaeology, as well as information about local history and Cherokee genealogy. Kids will enjoy Smokey Bear and Indiana Jones, and a free hot dog lunch will be provided. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket. The Archaeofest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010. Rainout date will be Saturday, October 9, at the same time. The Archaeofest will be held at Brushy Lake Campground Day Use Area. (Directions: From Alabama Highway 33, take paved Lawrence County Road 70 to Brushy Lake Campground.) For more information, call Jean Allan at (205) 489-5111.