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Native American artifact show set for arena
by Steve Beavers
Oct 03, 2013 | 202 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Magnolia State Archaeological Society has a history lesson plan.

By using a wide variety of prehistoric artifacts, the club will get its point across at no cost to those who attend the Native American Artifact Show on Oct. 19 at the Crossroads Arena.

"Most people who grew up in Mississippi or the South have seen or even collected arrowheads," said Bill Breidinger, President of the Magnolia State Archaeological Society and organizer of the show. "What people fail to fully grasp is the history they are holding in their hands."

Breidinger will be on hand to answer the questions of those who attend the 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. show.

"The artifacts at the show date back thousands of years and are a small window into the lives of the earliest inhabitants of this area," said the show organizer. "People who come to the show will be able to see how the tools and weapons used by these early inhabitants changed throughout the centuries."

Dealers and sellers are welcome to rent tables for a cost of $20. Display tables are also available for $10.

"You can come to look or come to show," said Breidinger.

No fake or illegal goods will be allowed. Show rules will be clearly posted and strictly enforced, according to Breidinger.

During the show, attendees will get a glimpse on how early man survived.

"Prehistoric man entered North America sometime around 16,000 BC," said Breidinger. "The general theory is they crossed the Bering Strait from Asia, into Alaska and then migrated to North America."

According to the show organizer, Paleo people were the first hunters.

"They hunted at least a dozen large animals including mamoth, mastadon, elk, short faced bear and giant beavers for food as well as clothing," he said.

Things started changing around 8000 BC. Not only were these people hunting but the presence of the mortar and grinding stones are evidence that they were gathering nuts, berries and seeds.

"This gave them a much better diet," added Breidinger.

More changes came in 1000 BC. There was more agriculture, villages approaching town size and the development of pottery were the main advances.

Pottery could be used for boiling broth and soups for better utilization of fish and meat scraps, but the main advantage of the pottery was to protect food from animals and insects for the lean times of winter.

"There is so much more to the story that we haven't even discovered," said Breidinger.

For more information about the show call Breidinger at 601-635-3222 or Frank Robison at 662-562-2462.
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