So that's how they did it, Visitors at the Prehistoric Museum's Family Day Saturday get a look at how ancient Native Americans managed to drill holes in rocks. Dale Harber of the Manti-LaSal National Forest demonstrates how a simple tool of wood, stone and leather can rotate a drill bit. (The real tool would have used a sliver of stone instead of a nail.) More photos of the day's activities are on page 12A.
The mano and metate used for grinding corn is a far cry from modern kitchen utensils.
Visitors get to chat with the museum's John Bird and observe as he works on a recent discovery: a giant, four-foot diameter clam that was living with lots of neighbors on what was once a sea bed near Green River.
The USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum and its many friends pulled out all the stops at Saturday's Family Day. The event closed out days of activities as part of Utah's Archaeology Week. Inside and outside the building were demonstrations and plenty of hands-on learning experiences for youngsters.