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Paul and Peter Baker, of Perry, enjoy helping at the Mark Twain Archaeology Dig with the guidance of Archaeologist Karen Hunt.

The Mark Twain Archaeology Dig will be open to the public, so visitors “can see” what has been going on, on top of the hill, just west of highway 107, in Monroe County, north of Grandma’s Country Music. The Open House will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturday, September 21.

This is the thirteenth year of digging under and around where the Quarles house was located. The large display of artifacts found, help tell a story about Mark Twain’s favorite uncle, John A. Quarles and his family in the early 1840’s. Over 70 people have visited the site since July 1 of this year, including people from three other countries.

Those who would like to take part in this “archaeology dig” can still do so. We have had several three-generation families help on the site. Children should be at least 10 years old (one child-one adult, two children-two adults).

Those attending are encouraged to bring lunch, water and a hat. All tools and instructions will be furnished. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is free. An archaeologist, Karen Hunt, will be on site to give instructions.

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