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College archaeological workshop to feature illustrator, hands-on opportunity

It’s not every day the opportunity arises to hold an 8,000-year-old object.

But that will be one of the features of a free public workshop from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Monmouth College Archaeology Laboratory, located on the lower level of Hewes Library.

Participants will have the opportunity to handle local archaeological material from the College’s expansive Native American artifact collection.

“Almost all the objects are from the vicinity of Monmouth, and some are more than 8,000 years old,” said Monmouth classics lecturer Kyle Jazwa.

International archaeological illustrator Tina Ross will be on hand to teach participants the basics of her craft.

“No experience or drawing ability is required,” Jazwa said of Ross’s session. “Tina can teach even the least skilled – for example, me – to draw objects faithfully and precisely.”

The event is sponsored by the Monmouth Archaeology Lab, the College’s Art Department and the Buchanan Center for the Arts.