West Virginia Archaeology Monthusually takes place in October and features many educational activities for the public. For more information, visit the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's website at: www.wvculture.org. You will also find a calendar of history and archaeology related events here: http://www.wvculture.org/events.aspx.
Fort Edwards is one of the many forts that guarded Virginia's settlers from the French and their Indian allies. Explore the fort and its wide variety of excavated artifacts to learn more about what life was like in and around the fort in the 1700s. For more information, visit http://www.fortedwards.org/ftedhome.htm.
At the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, you can observe the burial mounds of the Adena people, who inhabited the area about 2,000 years ago. Also explore the Delf Norona Museum, where you can see artifacts and exhibits interpreting the lifestyle of the Adena people. The museum also has a new wing dedicated to archaeology in West Virginia. It houses some of the state's artifacts and also allows visitors to view the facility's research lab. For more information, call (304) 843-4128, or visit: http://www.wvculture.org/sites/gravecreek.html.
At the Lost World Caverns, most of the attraction is underground. A 4-hour tour of beautiful underground caverns is available for people of all ages with no special equipment necessary, though it's not for the claustrophobic, and you will get muddy! There is also a museum for those who don't want to participate in the tour, and this museum includes exhibits on fossils, minerals and geology. For more information, visit the website: http://www.lostworldcaverns.com/museum.html.
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