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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Saturday in the Park events return to Moundville

For the Moundville Archaeological Park, each spring brings with it the return of Saturday in the Park. The annual event held from the end of February through May at the Moundville Archaeological Park that celebrates the history of Native Americans in the Southeast.

The programs help teach visitors about Native American culture, all the while making it fun and interesting for children and adults alike. It also serves as a hands-on element supplementing the Jones Archaeological Museum, which is located in the park.

Betsy Irwin, education coordinator for the park, said she is particularly excited for this year’s series, which will offer several brand new events that she hopes will bring in returning visitors who want to see something new or people who just want to be outdoors.

“On a pretty Saturday afternoon, maybe [the visitors] will think, ‘I wonder what’s happening at Moundville today? They almost always have something going on in the park.’” Irwin said.

New events include a wild plant walk on March 23 by renowned plant expert and author Darryl Patton. Additionally, Becky Collier of Alabama 4-H will bring raptors for an up close look as part of the birding trail program on May 18. Moundville will continue to announce more events and dates soon and throughout Saturday in the Park.

The annual Knap-in in March is expected to bring in more than 500 guests. The Knap-in is an event where toolmakers, artists and ancient technology experts demonstrate their crafts, such as spear making and shooting bows. Park officials anticipate new events will mimic the success of the Knap-in, which is their most popular event.

Saturday in the Park officially begins this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a shell-carving event presented by Dan Townsend. Townsend, who has been part of the series for several years, said Saturday at the Park is a must-attend event for Native American culture.

“Moundville is one of our favorite places, if not our favorite, to visit,” Townsend said. “It’s one of the seven natural wonders of ancient America.”

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