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Archeology workshop has successful opening weekend at Mark Twain Site

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Paul Hoer, Paula Baker and Dianne Couch celebrate Missouri’s Archaeology Month at the Quarles Farm.

The past weekend was enjoyed by several different activities in the surrounding area. The Quarles Farm was one place local residents gathered to put their archaeology skills to the test.
Karen Hunt, archaeologist, hosted an open house workshop for the public on Saturday, September 4. Interested individuals could come and learn how to recover objects left behind from years ago. Hunt has hosted this all-volunteer dig every September since 2000 in recognition of Missouri Archaeology Month. Hunt uses a technique called electro-magnetic photo-field or what is known as archaeology without a shovel. Hunt states, “This land is a pristine site, it has never been plowed and dates to the mid 1800’s. The land is a great place to discover artifacts from the time period.” Hunt explained to those attending the land was once owned by the Quarles family. Mr. Quarles was the uncle of Samuel Clemons, also known as the famous writer, Mark Twain. The author speaks of spending a lot of time on this farm as a young boy. Quarles lost his wife during childbirth and shortly after went bankrupt losing the farm.

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