Locals sponsor weekend Indian Artifact Show

The annual Indian Artifact Show is just around the corner. Sponsored by the Sedalia-West Central Missouri Archaeological Society, the artifact show gives area and regional collectors the opportunity to showcase their collections of artifacts and early historical items.

Tom Hartline, a member of the archaeological society from Marshall, said most of their artifacts are from the Midwest and primarily mid-Missouri.

“A lot of local artifacts from our chapter members that they’ve collected over the years will be on display,” Hartline said. “There will be arrowheads, spear points, axes, Celts, bannerstones, beads, bead work. They’ll be museum-grade artifacts.”

The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own artifacts from home. The archaeological society invited professional archaeologist Dr. Gary Walters to identify these artifacts and describe their usage, culture and age. Additionally, the society invited a flint knapper who will demonstrate how the points of stones were made.

The Indian Artifact Show will also include a super raffle prize, a 13.5 ct. 225-faceted Portuguese-cut, diamond white topaz stone from Brazil.

“We have a member that is a stone cutter and he cut it,” said Lori McKim, a member of the archaeological society from Windsor. “It’s going to be set in a sterling silver mounting on a sterling chain. It’s a real nice piece. He said it’d probably be (worth) $1,500.”

McKim said the Indian Artifact Show brought in about 400 to 500 people last year, with 20 exhibitors. The society has 54 members, and they’ve been showcasing their artifacts for so long, neither she nor Hartline could recall how many years they’ve sponsored the Indian Artifact Show.

“This is our annual show, and we like to show off our artifacts,” Hartline said. “We don’t get to do that a lot. This gives us the opportunity to show the community what our chapter does.”

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Park Convention Hall, 1500 W. Third St.

Sedalia Democrat
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