Archaeology Day at Graham Cave State Park

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to help park staff celebrate Archaeology Day 2019 at Graham Cave State Park, one of Missouri's most significant archaeological landmarks. Graham Cave was excavated in the 1940s and 1950s by archaeologists and was found to have 10,000 years of occupancy. As a result of these discoveries, Graham Cave became the first archaeological site in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark on January 20, 1961, and, later, a state park in 1964.

Archaeology Day 2019 will start at 11 a.m. at the lower picnic area pavilion as park staff hosts an open public meeting, seek visitor comments, and serve up fresh-cooked pies and other refreshments during Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations.

After the open public meeting, participants will have an opportunity to experience how Native Americans utilized the altlat for hunting prior to the bow and arrow. World Atlatl Association members will demonstrate the accuracy and techniques of using atlatls, and hold member competitions. Near the cave opening and in the lower parking area, several other activities will be happening as well.


• 11 a.m. - Public meeting with Dutch-oven cooking demo and food sampling
• Atlatl (spear and dart) demonstrations, throwing and member competition
• Osage culture games and presentations featuring the Osage Traveling Trunk
• Flint knapping demonstrations
• Deer-bone fish hook making demonstrations
• Archaeological excavation model for children to learn scientific techniques
• Historic and prehistoric artifact displays

Plus much more!

For more information about the event, contact the park office at 573-564-3476.


Saturday   11:00AM — 04:00PM
217 Hwy. TT
Danville, MO 63361

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Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only

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