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Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex to offer workshop on bracelet and necklace-making for kids on May 20

Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in Moundsville will conduct a workshop for kids in grades 4 - 8 who are interested in learning how to make “cordage” or rope, as many of the prehistoric Indians of North America did. The workshop will take place from 1 - 2 :30 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, 2006. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials. Space is limited and registration is required.

The cordage will be made from dogbane, a natural plant that grows throughout West Virginia. Participants will use a twining technique to make rope for a necklace or bracelet which they can decorate with beads and other materials and take home with them.

The workshop gives children a hands-on opportunity to learn how the prehistoric people of the Ohio River Valley made items using the natural materials in their environment. The workshop will be led by Joe Candillo, cultural programming coordinator for Grave Creek Mound.

For more information about the cordage necklace and bracelet workshop, contact Candillo at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or e-mail him at joe.candillo@wvculture.org.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Operating hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4-30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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