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October 20, 2005

Urban Archaeology Day planned Oct. 22

You can learn about who lived at Discovery Park thousands of years ago at the Burke Museum’s Urban Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. In a tour led by museum curator Peter Lape and Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, you can discover what happened before the Discovery Park Lighthouse was built, learn about the 4,200 year-old Native American village site underneath the sewage plant and enjoy a variety of hands-on archaeology activities for all ages.

Activities include creating fishing tools, weaving a rug, storytelling, exploring native plants and traditional Native foods. During a walking tour of the sewage treatment plant with an archaeologist, you can learn about the old archaeological site that lies below.

The event is free and is co-sponsored by the Burke Museum and the Seattle Parks and Recreation. Come prepared for rain. Upon arrival, all visitors must check in at the Discovery Park Visitor Center for directions to the event. For more information, call the Archaeology Department at the Burke Museum at 206-685-3849.